Search Engine on start.fedoraproject.org

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at redhat.com
Sat Jul 24 14:54:51 UTC 2010


On Fri, 23 Jul 2010, Matt Domsch wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 02:20:42PM -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> > On Wed, 21 Jul 2010, Mike McGrath wrote:
> >
> > > It's been pointed out to me that start.fedoraproject.org is in violation
> > > of Infrastructure's free software policy:
> > >
> > > http://infrastructure.fedoraproject.org/csi/free-software-policy/en-US/html-single/#FreeSoftware-Standard-Choosing
> > >
> > > In particular the "Proprietary Dependence" clause.  Now, start.fp.o has
> > > existed long before the policy was put in place and a grandfather
> > > exception does exist.... but I thought I'd mention it.  This could be an
> > > opportunity to completely re-think the start.fedoraproject.org home page.
> > > I know that upon its design there was some major things in the works but
> > > AFAIK most if not all of them fell through and that search engine link was
> > > all that was left.
> > >
> > > Thoughts, comments?
> > >
> >
> > Got this from jds2001 (Jon Stanley - Board Member, cardnals fan) who
> > requested that I forward it on:
>
> [snip]
> > In short, I don’t think that we can remove Google search without also
> > removing all other external dependencies from the infrastructure, which is
> > neither desirable nor practical.
>
> We can remove Google search from start.fp.o today if we want to, there
> is nothing stopping us from doing so.  It doesn't have to be
> all-or-nothing, and we run plenty of equipment (say, network switches,
> load balancers, servers, storage arrays) that are not Free in any
> sense of the word.  Our stance needs to be more than "if practical,
> use open source", but it need not be "we only use open source
> hardware, software, and services we can verify as being open source,

Our policy actually has this built in the 'feasibility exception'.  For
things exactly as you describe (or vendor related software for tech
support, etc)

	-Mike


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