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

Miloslav Trmač mitr at
Tue Apr 22 18:41:58 UTC 2014

2014-04-21 19:37 GMT+02:00 Eric H. Christensen <sparks at>:

> And how are these contributors going to contribute to their proprietary
> solutions that we now provide for them?

They aren't; isn't that a *benefit* for the open solutions?

>  How do we support something that is simply provided to us as a binary and
> has no upstream bug tracking or support (outside of a support contract)?

We don't; why would we be required to?

> How are these users going to react when all the software they know and
> love (that we provide) breaks due to no fault of our own?

Blame the provide of the software, naturally.

> Are we going to hold back bug or security fix because it breaks a
> proprietary program but fixes it for everything else?

No, we should instead improve our technology so that this doesn't need to
happen.  This is a *technically solved problem* at the very least since
Windows 95, i.e for about 20 years; we have only not solved it because it's
less work to say "proprietary software is bad, go use Windows"—but then we
shouldn't be surprised if users do.
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