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

Christian Schaller cschalle at
Wed Jan 22 10:52:01 UTC 2014

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rahul Sundaram" <metherid at>
> To: "Fedora community advisory board" <advisory-board at>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:39:34 AM
> Subject: Re: Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free	software
> Hi
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 5:29 AM, Christian Schaller wrote:
> We can go around in circles of endlessly making hypothetical 'what if there
> are legal issues' and 'what if there is technical problems' 'gotcha'
> questions. I spoke with both the legal team and the technical experts before
> even sending out this proposal and they where convinced that we would be
> able to find solutions to whatever issues there are here.
> These aren't gotcha questions and characterizing them as such is offensive.
> These are real concerns and you should treat them with care. A proposal
> needs to be sold on its merits. If the answer amounts to we have convinced
> ourselves within a small team from offline conversations that the rest of
> the contributors are not involved in and you just have to trust us, then it
> is less likely to yield the results you expect it to have.
Well then the answer is that once there is agreement on the general principle there will of course be further discussions where the whole community is invited to participate on possible implementation solutions. 
But since this is at this point a discussion about the general principles of Fedora and how they are applied the technical leads have not spent a lot of time and energy yet on figuring out possible technical solutions as that would be a wasted effort in people can't even agree on the principles.


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