Summary/Minutes from today's FESCo Meeting (2015-10-07)

Bastien Nocera bnocera at
Mon Oct 12 15:39:39 UTC 2015

----- Original Message -----
> Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > Because adding downstream features to a system library really is the way
> > to keep ABI (not). We wouldn't even be able to use Ubuntu binaries in
> > Fedora.
> As long as we only ADD features, using foreign binaries on Fedora should
> work fine. The opposite might not, but that's not OUR problem. Actually, the
> more stuff we add to our libraries, the MORE likely it is that blobs from
> other distributions (some of which already carry those patches) just work.
> And in addition, personally, I don't consider cross-distribution binary
> compatibility to be a meaningful goal to begin with. Fedora is not about
> binary blobs.

2 distributions add slightly different versions of the same functionality -> incompatible
Application compiled on Fedora using the new features -> doesn't work on other distribution

Your advice would be making Fedora a _worse_ distribution for third-party developers, and
you equate those third-party developers to developers of proprietary applications.

Not all Free Software is easy to compile from source, not all Free Software is
packaged in Fedora. Forcing users to become packagers before they can use
a third-party software is detrimental to Fedora's success.

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