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

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Thu Jan 23 17:27:41 UTC 2014

On Thu, 2014-01-23 at 04:31 -0500, Christian Schaller wrote:
> Hi Bill and Adam,
> Well another part of the PRD here is the goal to try to build something that can provide such a setup.
> The idea is to try to build a system around containers (LinuxApps/Docker) which includes the option for
> some library bundling (to work around distribution differences and release differences). Our thinking is that
> for 3rd party vendors at least this would replace the rpm/deb building.
> Next week there is devconf here in Brno ( We have people like Lennart Poettering (LinuxApps), 
> Alex Larsson (Docker), Richard Hughes (Software app), AleŇ° Kozumpl√≠k (hawkey) and more here during that conference, so I hope to pull together
> a BOF session to discuss challenges and solutions in the area of desktop and containers.

Yes, I'm aware of the app container thing. I'm not a huge fan of it for
distro use, but it certainly seems like a useful approach for
third-party distributors. Are you working together with any other
distributions and/or desktops on it, though? Otherwise it'll wind up
just another competitor in an unavoidably fragmented 'market', which I
strongly suspect will have its lunch eaten by Steam.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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