Open Letter: Why I, Kevin Kofler, am not rerunning for FESCo
kevin.kofler at chello.at
Mon May 3 06:04:43 UTC 2010
Sir Gallantmon (ニール・ゴンパ) wrote:
> Though, there are some instances where the prevailing opinion should be
> ignored, when there is no solid evidence to back it up, e.g. Mono and the
Indeed, I also think defending freedom is important (and it was part of my
campaign). But I've also been unhappy with FESCo's decisions in that domain,
* libvdpau was approved for Fedora. This is a library which:
- only accelerates decoding patent-encumbered MPEG family video codecs.
ALL software which uses that is in RPM Fusion, not Fedora, anyway.
- has no actual Free Software implementations. It is ONLY implemented by
So what does Fedora have to gain from this pseudo-Free library?
* in at least 2 occasions, so-called "Open Core"  crippleware has been
not only approved for Fedora (which makes sense, as IMHO we should accept
everything under a Free license and with no patent issues as a Fedora
package), but advertised as a Fedora Feature, which I consider to be
completely counterproductive, as it gives free press coverage to such
crippleware and sends a message to companies that releasing some crippled
shareware version under a Free Software license is enough to get your
product advertised as Free or "Open Source" all over the planet. My
complaints about giving free advertising to such crippleware have been
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