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

Robert Mayr robyduck at
Wed Jan 22 16:51:07 UTC 2014

2014/1/22 Josh Boyer <jwboyer at>:
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM, Pete Travis <lists at> 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
> installer.

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
our OS?

> I'm not elaborating on the broader story, but I did want to clarify
> the technical details.  Fedora is not shipping anything in this
> proposal.

As the proposal isn't to ship anything, personally I'd go further,
let's neither suggest anything which is not FOSS.

> josh

Just my small feedback in this discussion.

Robert Mayr

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