Patent-free software where it makes sense
alex94puchades at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 13:28:50 UTC 2015
Hi, my name is Alex and I've been a Fedora user for a long time. Also, I'm
quite new to this list. I know a lot of people (myself included) that agree
with Fedora not integrating propietary software into the system, as Ubuntu
does in many different ways, especially in the installer. To put things
clear, I'd never advocate for that.
However, there's one issue I think deserves a little more consideration.
There is another kind of software that is perfectly fine free software but
is also excluded from a default Fedora install. That is, patent encumbered
software. As you know, there are some patents that are not valid outside
USA (ie: subpixel rendering, MP3). That software is provided in third-party
repositories like RPMFusion in the form of "-freetype" packages.
The lack-by-default of these packages presents a clear usability issue for
non-quite-that-technical users and it greatly hurts the user experience for
everyone. So, is there any way that Fedora could enforce this patent-free
position where it makes sense (the USA), but includes it (or at least gives
the user the option at installation time) if allowed by local laws?
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