any interest in a fedora branded sound theme

Elad Alfassa elad at
Sat Mar 28 08:15:51 UTC 2015

On Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 2:32 AM, kendell clark <coffeekingms at> wrote:
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> hi all
> I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. Is there any
> interest in a fedora branded freedesktop compliant sound theme,
> possibly to go on the workstation image? I'd be glad to either take on
> this task myself or help produce one. I'm reasonably knowledgeable in
> the freedesktop sound spec so can make a pretty complete sound theme
> if anyone is interested. Do the fedora packaging guidelines apply to
> system sounds as well EG, no proprietary sounds from windows and/or mac?
> Thanks for reading
> Kendell clark

I don't think a Fedora-specific sound theme is the way to go, but I do
think the default freedesktop sound theme could use some improvement.

In the past I've tried to improve the theme and created a couple of
new sounds, and sent them upstream [1].
Unfortunately it seems no one from upstream ever saw them. (after a
while I created my own fork of that theme [2] with my changed / added
which is what I use now).

I think it'd be great if we could improve the upstream theme, because
this is the Fedora way: If we can make something better,
then it should be upstream for everyone to benefit.

Regarding guidelines, you obviously can't use sounds from Microsoft or
Apple, as they are copyrighted and proprietary. Using them would be a
copyright violation and thus illegal in most jurisdictions, and
against Fedora's policies.
For the list of acceptable content licenses, see Licensing:Main in the
Fedora wiki [3].

-Elad Alfassa.

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