Fedora's way forward

sean seanlkml at sympatico.ca
Wed Mar 29 10:58:32 UTC 2006

On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 01:33:45 -0500
"Eric S. Raymond" <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:

> If we say to J. Random "No, we won't support MP3, shut up it's bad
> for you", it's just as if we tried to sell him on an ODF-only word
> processor by saying "no, you really don't want to touch all those
> cruddy old Word documents".

Nope, that's not what we're saying.   

We're saying our unenecumbered open source distribution can not 
provide MP3 support because of reasons beyond our control.   We 
wish that we could, but the political/economic realities prohibit it
without giving up on our primary objectives which are very clearly 
laid out.

Therefore, we are continuing to work on providing better and better
open source solutions so that we can encompass the pragmatic needs of
more and more average users with open source solutions.   

We're not working on proprietary solutions, and we are not interested 
in them.   But if you are, there are other distributions more suited to 
your priorities than Fedora.   Every distribution need not be targeting
the same audience.


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