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

Miloslav Trma─Ź mitr at
Wed Jan 22 22:27:19 UTC 2014

On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 1:36 AM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM, Ankur Sinha <sanjay.ankur at> wrote:
>> PS: Anyone that feels that "free choices suck", needs to move to
>> Mac/Windows already and be done with it.
> I'd prefer they write a patch to fix the things that suck, or a bug
> report if they can't write code.  If nobody did that then Open Source
> software wouldn't work or exist, including Fedora.  Please be mindful
> of the replies you give to people.  Empower them to make a difference.
>  Don't kill your contributor and user base by telling them to use a
> non-free OS because they point out something is suboptimal.

While asking users to contribute is clearly in the interests of the
health of the project, I'm not so sure that it's something I can in
good conscience suggest to a person who isn't already contributing out
of their own interest in that kind of work/entertainment:  If the only
difference between Windows and Fedora were that Windows don't suck,
the Windows license is nowadays cheap enough that asking the person to
produce a patch might quite likely make them overall worse off.

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