The Forgotten "F": A Tale of Fedora's Foundations

Eric H. Christensen sparks at
Mon Apr 21 17:23:39 UTC 2014

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On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 07:04:03PM +0200, Michael Scherer wrote:
> Le lundi 21 avril 2014 à 11:56 -0400, Eric H. Christensen a écrit :
> > On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 08:36:55AM -0400, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
> >
> > > Now, let me be further clear on this: I am not in any way advocating
> > > the use of closed-source software or services. I am not suggesting
> > > that we start carrying patent-encumbered software. I think it is
> > > absolutely the mission of Fedora to show people that FOSS is the
> > > better long-term solution. However, in my experience a person who is
> > > exposed to open source and allowed to migrate in their own time is one
> > > who is more likely to become a lifelong supporter. A person who is
> > > told "if you switch to Fedora, you must stop using Application X" is a
> > > person who is not running Fedora.
> > 
> > I'm confused here.  No one is telling anyone that they can't use Application X. 
> In fact, we do ( or rather, I do ).
> When I tell to people that Starcraft II and Eve Online do not run on
> Linux. When I tell that Office and Photoshop do not run on Linux. When I
> tell that their Iphone is not gonna work and I cannot be sure that the
> printer they just bought from Samsung is maybe not supported.

Well, there is a line of which you have blurred here.  Because your examples are all proprietary and haven't been compiled for Linux you won't find them on Fedora or *any* Linux OS.  More than that we already have solutions for people that use Office and Photoshop that are FOSS.  Your other examples are fine examples of why proprietary solutions suck.  They either lock you in to where you lose the freedom to access your data or you end up wasting time and money trying to shoehorn a proprietary solution that was poorly engineered into your existing infrastructure.  Those are reasons to use Linux and not a proprietary solution.

- -- Eric

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