Draft Product Description for Fedora Workstation

Miloslav Trma─Ź mitr at volny.cz
Tue Nov 5 16:22:44 UTC 2013


On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at> wrote:
> I think it is a very bad idea to try to explicitly and officially support
> third-party software, especially proprietary third-party software.

The thing is, making third-party software easier to maintain and
deploy will in the vast majority of causes also make in-distribution
software easier to maintain and deploy.  And being actively hostile to
third-party software, feeling free to break APIs and ABIs because Open
Source can in theory adapt, and, in the extreme, celebrating actions
that are hostile to third-party software, often ends up to also being
hostile to in-distribution software with limited number of interested
contributors.

Look at all the software that has been written for GTK1 and obsolete
libraries that hasn't been ported and therefore no longer runs on
Fedora.  Wouldn't it have been nice to continue to have a practical
option to use that software, even if it doesn't integrate that well
and it no longer has an active maintainer?
     Mirek


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