Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free software

Jaroslav Reznik jreznik at
Tue Jan 21 18:17:00 UTC 2014

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> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 05:38:24PM +0000, "J├│hann B. Gu├░mundsson" wrote:
> > 
> > On 01/21/2014 05:30 PM, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> > >Personally, I'm on the fence about whether these are good changes or not.
> > >But I do think that if we change direction we should be willing to make
> > >that
> > >change pervasively through our whole set of policies rather than just to
> > >enable a single use case.
> > 
> > Does not a change like this where we abandon what Fedora has
> > represented on a fundamental level and stood for in the GNU/Linux
> > ecosystem warrant a project wide community vote?
> I believe that what Toshio brought up should be enough to say no to this
> request.  Any time one has to change our foundations, our mission, and our
> values it would seem that this wouldn't be the way to go.

There are two sides of this - having our Foundations in my heart, I have to
say no. Period. But on the other hand, we should educate our users, not hide the
rest of world from them. What do I mean? User wants to play for example MP3s -
our system horribly fails, PackageKit is trying to look for something that does
not exist, fails - and this is that time it should show message like "Dear user,
we are very sorry but... We believe in ... and so you can try to use Ogg format
instead of MP3, take a look to services providing music under CC in this format.
We love such music! ... more explanation ... If MP3 support is still needed,
please approve addition of proprietary Fluendo repository. We can't have any
liability and we can't support any 3rd party repositories of software".  

Still, I'm not 100% sure that second part - add 3rd party proprietary repo
is the answer. But that first part - educational is the must.


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> Eric "Sparks" Christensen
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