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

Christian Schaller cschalle at
Wed Apr 23 08:29:11 UTC 2014

Hi Mairin,
Not sure exactly where you are coming from in terms of wanting legal 
to weigh in, but in general I don't think legals opinion is very relevant
and this point. The first step here should always be us as a project deciding what
user experience we want to offer our users, then once that is done go to legal
and try to work with them to figure out how it can be done.

A lawyers job is to worry, so if we make lawyers not being worried at all a 
pre-requisite to even thinking about something we should probably not be doing
software at all. The brokenness of the US patent system combined with more
brokenness in how the US legal system handles software patents probably means
a lawyer would advice you to not be involved with software making at all due to the
legal risks :)


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Máirín Duffy" <duffy at>
> To: "Stephen Gallagher" <sgallagh at>, devel at
> Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:10:49 PM
> Subject: Re: The Forgotten "F": A Tale of Fedora's Foundations
> On 04/22/2014 09:13 AM, Stephen Gallagher wrote:
> > So one of the key questions here is whether the current policy on
> > essentially hiding (protecting?) the user from these external software
> > sources is truly in keeping with our Foundations, Mission and general
> > project health.
> To be honest, I'm fairly uncomfortable discussing this without Fedora
> Legal weighing in. I don't see any problem with re-visiting the
> decisions made along this path, but I also am pretty confident the folks
> who decided things had to be this way are really smart and had good
> reasons.
> ~m
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