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

Ankur Sinha sanjay.ankur at
Wed Jan 22 00:10:36 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-01-21 at 13:53 -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> This is the bit of the movie where the background music turns ominous
> and the hero is offered a choice: stick to his principles and tough it
> out, or accept the apparently small compromise in one little corner of
> his value set which will allow him to spread the rest of that value
> set
> to the world. Right?
> I think we've all seen how those movies end.

I think RPMFusion is the compromise we've already made. 

> I would like it on the record that I consider Fedora's current values
> -
> specifically, our *commitment to* (not just *preference for*) libre
> software - an immense social and technical good, I am strongly
> committed
> to those values, I am strongly opposed to this change (defined as 'any
> change which leads to the seamless availability of non-libre software
> in
> Fedora products'), and I might have to re-consider my work on Fedora
> if
> this change were to be approved.

I feel the same way. (s/might/will/)

I'd like to say that this isn't intended as black-mail. We choose
distributions because their values resonate with us (most of them
provide similar package sets). With such changes, the values of Fedora
will no longer resonate with mine.
Warm regards,
Ankur (FranciscoD)

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