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

Alec Leamas leamas.alec at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 09:05:00 UTC 2014


On 4/23/14, drago01 <drago01 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Alec Leamas <leamas.alec at gmail.com> wrote:
>> There are some aspects  on this:
>> - I don't think Fedora is able add non-free, patent-encumbered sw in
>> e. g., in the way Ubuntu does - it fails on the fact that US law is
>> applicable [...]
>
> This has been repeated multiple times recently but that is still
> wrong. For patent-encumbered sure we cannot ship them without a patent
> license but
> there is no legal reason why we couldn't ship non free software
> (assuming the license allows redistribution) ... not saying that we
> should but claiming
> "we can't for legal reasons" is just plain wrong.

Agreed (sloppy argumentation from my side).

That said, being able to distribute non-free sw but not
patent-encumbered is just a half-baked solution which isn't that
interesting. You'd need something like rpmfusion anyway.

--alec


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