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

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at
Tue Jan 21 20:19:10 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 03:13:12PM -0500, Christian Schaller wrote:
> The basic idea of the proposal is to get away from Googling being the only tool we offer our users to find the software they need.
> Of course what we could do here is build in web search functionality into the Software app, so that when you search for 'pdf viewer' it queries google or similar 
> for sites with repository metadata and if it finds a repository which contains the 'pfd viewer' keyword it adds it to your Software app search result. 
> It is a convoluted way of doing things, but since nobody objects to us packaging stuff that can search for things on the web, like Firefox, I guess we should be fine.

Don't be ridiculous. The distinction between a tool that exists in order 
to let users find non-free software and a general purpose tool that can 
be used by users to find non-free software is obvious.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at

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