Fedora's way forward

Michael J Knox michael at knox.net.nz
Thu Mar 30 22:45:53 UTC 2006

sean wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Mar 2006 00:20:25 +0200
> Hans de Goede <j.w.r.degoede at hhs.nl> wrote:
>> Please speak for yourself and not on behalve of the entire Fedora 
>> Community. Which Sean are you anyway? I can't find much on you and 
>> Fedora, I otoh maintain many FE packages and use my full name.
>> I for one wouldn't mind pointers and even install help to (100% legally 
>> ok) proprietary software if this will significantly boost the end user 
>> experience.
>> With this said I do believe that we should be carefull with this, if 
>> there is a free tool which does 95% of the job, then we should not 
>> include links to proprietary alternatives. There is however no free tool 
>> which will allow people to access all those mp3 files from for example 
>> www.magnatune.com.
> Even if you wouldn't mind it, it's against the stated goals of the 
> project.   Everyone has a perference one way or the other, some wouldn't
> mind, some would.   That's why the objectives of the project were
> very carefully laid out.  Please see Rahul's recent post if you think my 
> interpretation of the basic premise of the Fedora project is wrong.
> Besides, adding third party repositories is already easy and getting 
> easier all the time.

Since it is pretty clear that Fedora Core will not accommodate 3rd party 
closed source applications, why don't those that would have like to have 
this get together and make a solution?


The above link is a prime example of how this subject could be 
approached (its still very rough, but a good start). Add in some support 
from the pre existing 3rd party repo guys and you could have a winning 

There is obviously no single silver bullet for this issue, but instead 
of theorizing about what Fedora should/shouldn't/can/won't/etc do, why 
don't those that have a common interest stand up to the plate and work 
on the issue outside of Fedora Core?

Perhaps Fedora can meet the effort by providing a link or something like 
that to the project.

Just a thought.


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