Fedora spin from RpmFusion

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Fri Sep 28 22:14:24 UTC 2007

Jóhann B. Guðmundsson wrote:

(The following really has been asked and answered in numerous times 

> Things settled once and for all..
> With those word said. Is it an official statement from Red Hat/Fedora
> that proper media suppport and an option that could allow user to do so
> during install anaconda/firstboot ( disclaimer/user takes responsibility
> rpmfusion or other 3rd party repo setup for user and user can chose to
> install "questionable software" packages from there) inclusion or an chose
> for an user to setup, install or othewize an 3 party repository during
> installation that may contain questionable" software will never make it
> into Fedora/Red Hat unless changes in ( US )laws are made.


> ( And doesn't Red Hat/Fedora have to blacklist or prevent during
> installation that the name and paths of known 3 party repostory's
> from legal perspective otherwise they can be held countable? )

They won't be. The whole point of contributory infringement is that you 
are contributing to it. Allowing something is different from aiding it.

> Leaving users and developers with these 3 options..
> A. An addon cd that includes the prober media package.
>    Users are left with the option to find and download an
>    cd that contains the questionable software and can install from/off it
> B. User have to install/setup the 3 party respository after initial
>    installation/setup.

Anaconda has the ability to install software off a repository during 
installation time from Fedora Core 6 onwards.

> C. An respin with no affiliation with Red Hat/Fedora is made that include
>    the "questionable packages and repos" and the user does not have to
>    do any work from his half ( work out of the box solution )

If this is done, it should be rebranded and not called Fedora.

> Software that is/has been developed that can be misused to break "laws"
> tho it's initial creation and function of the software was never indented
> to do so will never be included in Red Hat/Fedora
> ( Even tho that package is gpl and source is made publicly available )
> made available, in Red Hat/Fedora
> Just so things can be settled..

If the software is infringing patents, it cannot be included regardless 
of it's copyright license.


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