#57: Seeking Council feedback/input on draft third party software policy
Reporter: pfrields | Owner:
Status: new | Priority: normal
Component: General | Resolution:
Keywords: workstation |
Comment (by robyduck):
ah, I only replied to the mail...pasting here again.
Finally I've read this document, but I really have some concerns about
third party software.
I'm one of those users who believes in Fedora, because it has no third
party software in it. It's all open source, that makes it different to
other distributions, otherwise I could use plenty of other distros. And I
think we should care about this value, and also about all the users who
chose Fedora because it has this characteristic. Furthermore, it is very
very easy nowadays to install third party software, and people (already)
do that on their own risk because often it compromises the Fedora system.
Even COPR is a third party repo, but it respects at least the Fedora
guidelines, which other repos don't do.
That said, I'm not against enabling a sort of shared installer which
labels third party software, but it should not only label it but also pop
up a warning that the end user is going to install software outside of the
Fedora universe, and that this can in some cases compromise his system.
People are used to click and don't think about what they are doing, so we
should remember that clearly.
I have also some concerns about replacing package formats, we should
encourage community members to make Fedora packages, and not just allow
upstream package formats. Like Matt I don't understand why we should
prefer upstream packages, which very often care more about other
distributions...let's prefer community member's packages.
The document actually is still rather generic, if we want to allow third
party software in some kind we need to write a very strict document about
what we allow and what not. We can facilitate the use of third party
software, but Fedora is free and should remain free and open source.
Ticket URL: <https://fedorahosted.org/council/ticket/57#comment:7>
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