Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free software
robyduck at fedoraproject.org
Wed Jan 22 16:51:07 UTC 2014
2014/1/22 Josh Boyer <jwboyer at fedoraproject.org>:
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Pete Travis <lists at petetravis.com> wrote:
>> From the Fedora perspective, there are users who have Fedora who also want
>> to use the Nvidia blob, and your proposal is to enable them. It makes sense,
>> in the sense that you are working to solve Fedora problems, where you have
>> some influence. "Fedora supports Nvidia" doesn't fly though, and regardless
>> of the language you use or implementation details like shipping metadata
>> instead of binaries, that *is* the perceived message of your proposal.
> A small but important clarification here. In the proposal, Fedora
> would not ship binaries and would not ship metadata. It would not
> ship anything related to a 3rd party repository other than knowing the
> web-accessible location of a repository. It is, in effect anyway, the
> equivalent of doing a "google: nvidia linux repository" in a software
Sure, but the message you give is: hey, there are these listed FOSS
solutions for what you're searching for, but I suggest you the 3d
party software, just click here!
Sorry but I really don't want to see something like this on Fedora. Do
we want to throw away what for 10 years has been a basic feature of
> I'm not elaborating on the broader story, but I did want to clarify
> the technical details. Fedora is not shipping anything in this
As the proposal isn't to ship anything, personally I'd go further,
let's neither suggest anything which is not FOSS.
Just my small feedback in this discussion.
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