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

Bill Nottingham notting at
Wed Jan 22 21:26:38 UTC 2014

"Jóhann B. Guðmundsson" (johannbg at said: 
> On 01/22/2014 03:28 PM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> >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.
> So basically the argument here is we are stepping on non-free
> software’ right to existance and our end users choice to use it.
> Back in the day the board rejected that idea and removed codeina
> again what has change?

Well, if I recall, the reasons for dropping codeina included:

- single vendor ecosystem (tied to fluendo)
- it included an upsell to actual money options

While there were likely other reasons too, neither of these specifically
apply here.


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