Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2007 22:44 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core "The Fedora project is undergoing several changes before the release of its next version. In preparation for Fedora 7, which will fuse the Core and Extra software repositories, Fedora's developers are auditing the repositories for non-free and non-open software that doesn't meet the project's guidelines. Eventually, the project may change its package guidelines to only allow Free Software."
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This is good
by DKR on Thu 1st Mar 2007 23:55 UTC
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2005-08-22

This means that it is possible that Fedora will be on the GNU Project's list of Free distros:

http://www.gnu.org/links/links.html#FreeGNULinuxDistributions

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RE: This is good
by butters on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 01:47 in reply to "This is good"
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2005-07-08

This means that it is possible that Fedora will be on the GNU Project's list of Free distros

Which is important to whom? I'm a pretty adamant supporter of free software, but refusing to distribute proprietary software, even if its completely optional and not installed by default, is pretentious nonsense.

Many users, possibly even the majority of users, require proprietary software to do what they want to do with their computers. There simply exists no free alternative with the equivalent functionality in many cases. Are these users "wrong" for wanting this software? Are they letting us all down by their refusal to limit their possibilities to those provided by free software?

Free software distributions are in many ways a showcase of what we can achieve with free software. But that doesn't mean that these distributions should deny their users easy access to optional (and clearly marked) proprietary software. Savvy users will figure out how to add non-free repositories, but for novice users, these Puritan values (with their underlying hypocrisy) represent nothing but aggravating hurdles. Free software is supposed to be about ridding computers of these frustrating and patronizing limitations!

From one free software advocate among many, I beg these projects to understand that freedom is a personal ideal. One user's freedom is another user's show-stopper. Freedom is about choice, and this includes our individual choice to accept or reject proprietary software on a case-by-case basis. I'm glad that we have distributions that refuse to install proprietary software by default, but I'm upset that some of these distributions don't give their users the choice to install proprietary software in a straightforward manner. It's our choice to make, and we can make this choice on our own.

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RE[2]: This is good
by tux68 on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 04:06 in reply to "RE: This is good"
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2006-10-24

(with their underlying hypocrisy)

There's nothing hypocritical about being uninterested in non free software and working to see how far free software can be pushed. Of course, that's not the road for everyone to travel, but live and let live.

It's our choice to make, and we can make this choice on our own.

Then choose a distro that is meant for people that don't particularly care about free software! There's nothing wrong with one or two distros choosing to focus solely on free software. That's a valid choice for those creating a distro to make, even if it doesn't satisfy the needs of every user out there.

Demanding that every distro consider the needs of everyone is just, well, hypocritical.

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v RE: This is good
by jelway on Fri 2nd Mar 2007 01:48 in reply to "This is good"