On Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Thorsten Leemhuis <fedora(a)leemhuis.info>wrote:
The Fedoraproject once again chose to leave non-free out of Fedora. I
appreciate that. I even think a lot of users understand why the
Fedoraproject acts like this (now and earlier, too). But: it utterly
hard to get non-free Software when running Fedora. That's what the
Fedora ecosystem IMHO needs to fix. Debian, who has a similar stance on
non-free Software, does a way better job in that area than Fedora does.
We need to catch up here and I think the Fedoraproject should drive
this, because it's important for the success of Fedora (and RHEL/CentOS)
that people can easily use it for what they want.
Indeed. And to be frank it's not only about non-free software, it's just
about anything which if not is "Not invented Here" at least is "Not
And as the down-voted
proposal shows: There are developers within the Fedoraproject that are
willing to do the work; there are more in Korora, RPM Fusion and other
places. We just need to bring them together properly afiacs.
I'm also on this. After the lpf effort trying to cope with
non-redistributable sw (skype, spotify, flash...) I'm now trying a
simplistic way top make "foreign" repositories more visible and usable.:
After hacking a simple tool which provides a GUI for a repository file it's
possible to create repository packages complete with desktop and appdata
file. I have some 5-10 such repository packages under way, my plan is to
push them into rpmfusion.
If there will be a way for users to aggregate appdata from different
sources such as rpmfusion (don't fully really understand this process
right now) users will be able to search and find also non-free items as
long there is a packaged repository for them. It should work out of the box
right now using old-school tools based on package metadata.
Not ideal, but perhaps something.