Proposal: Revision of policy surrounding 3rd party and non-free software
jwboyer at fedoraproject.org
Wed Jan 22 21:10:03 UTC 2014
On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> wrote:
> At minimum, we'd probbaly need the Board to simply say that it was okay for
> us to allow searching and pointing to non-free software in the same manner
> as we allow for COPR repos (see the existing FESCo policy for the details).
> More satisfying to the people who raised objections would be to either
> change or rephrase and clarify the pieces in all the Fedora Policies that seem
> to conflict with non-libre software. Places that I found by quickly
> searching this morning:
> * The Fedora Foundations: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Foundations
> The Freedom Foundation is weighted towards free software. It could be
> rephrased or changed to make cooperation with non-free software more clear.
> (Also mentioned on other pages like:
> * Vision statement http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Vision_statement
> Probably could work this in by promoting the collaboration element more
> and talking about collaboration between free software and closed source
> * The Mission Statement: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Overview
> * [Our Mission] and [Elements of Fedora's Mission] could be rephrased to
> show our relation to proprietary software. Could be similar to the
> reworking on the Vision Staement.
> * [Our Core Values] has something interesting: "we guarantee that Fedora
> will always be free for everyone, everywhere, to use, modify and
> distribute" When we think about whether pointing people to proprietary
> software should be allowed, we tend to think about modification mostly.
> But we probably should think about the other things mentioned here as
> well: Can we/do we wish to allow pointing to software which:
> * Excludes some people? (Ex: Not for nuclear plant operators)
> * Excludes some usages? (Not to be used for evil)
> * Distribution? (the third party repo is free to redistribute and they
> give us a license to point to them but our users are not free to
> redistribute the code that they download through that.)
> * Our Objectives: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Objectives
> * [Creating a Free distribution] Probably mention something about people
> being able to use proprietary software of the products we create
> * [Objectives Outside of the Fedora Project] Need to change the bullet
> point relahttps://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Flashting to proprietary components.
Your wiki search inspired me. I did one of my own. I found pages
that have existed since 2008 that mention 3rd party repositories:
We also have one that explicitly tells you how to install Adobe flash,
which is non-free software:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Flash (created in 2011)
These are top-level wiki pages. They are hosted on the Fedora
project's website. There are others.
I do not doubt for a second that Fedora's objectives and principles
are to promote Free software. However, saying that a utility that
searches for and enables specific 3rd party repositories that we
already point to on our own wiki is against the very being of Fedora
seems disingenuous at best.
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