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

Christian Schaller cschalle at
Tue Jan 21 19:24:40 UTC 2014

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> From: "Eric H. Christensen" <sparks at>
> To: "Fedora community advisory board" <advisory-board at>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:13:14 PM
> Subject: Re: Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free	software
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> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 06:24:06PM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 01:20:20PM -0500, Christian Schaller wrote:
> > 
> > > Ok, just to be sure I understood you, you want the metadata stored on
> > > a server and have it downloaded from there by the Software
> > > installation application as opposed to shipped on the ISO image? I
> > > don't have a problem with that.
> > 
> > No, I mean I want the metadata to be provided by the vendor and for the
> > user to obtain that metadata from the vendor. I don't want Fedora to
> > have anything to do with that metadata.
> Don't we already do that?  If you want to install flash you go to Adobe's
> website and get the RPM that installs the repo and once you've done that yum
> will now pull down that metadata and make those bits available.  I don't
> really see a change to what we're doing now.
> - -- Eric
If I understood Matthews proposal the way it would work is that once you start the Software installer it will
poll a list of sources it knows about for the repository metadata. Once this polling is complete the software
descriptions etc. would be listed in the Software Installer. Of course once that is done things would look along the
lines of the mockups I posted.


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