Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free software
notting at redhat.com
Wed Jan 22 15:28:26 UTC 2014
Ankur Sinha (sanjay.ankur at gmail.com) said:
> > The context is irrelevant. If someone does not know about free
> > software, how it works, and how they can participate to improve it,
> > then of course they are going to be willing to move to non-free
> > software. Who isn't looking for the easiest and most pain-free way to
> > get something done?
> That's quite the point that I made in my earliest mail: that this
> proposal *takes away* the step where people learn about FOSS and
> Fedora's stance on FOSS *because* they couldn't find a "one/two click"
> method of installing non-FOSS software right out of the box.
> Not having the application listed in Fedora at all makes them look
> around, and run into FOSS alternatives if they exist. If no alternatives
> are available at all, it helps them gain some understanding of why
> Fedora does not provide the non-FOSS software they require.
Is this really the right level to have this dialogue with the user, though -
when they go to install some app?
Not to put too tortured of an analogy on it, but if I walk blindly into the
restaurant down the street and order the shrimp & grits, having the staff
*then* tell me all they serve are vegan shrimp substitute, and why that's so
much better for me, my health, the planet, etc. That may be true. And it
may be a worthwhile conversation to have. But I think it's probably the
wrong place in the interaction to do so.
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