Fedora spin from RpmFusion

Douglas McClendon dmc.fedora at filteredperception.org
Fri Sep 28 22:36:52 UTC 2007

Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>(The following really has been asked and answered in numerous times 

But technology and published legal guidelines change...

>> 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.

'should' is one of those words...

By my reading of the current trademark guidelines (before they 
disappeared from


it is totally possible (with a little initrd guru-dom) to repackage the 
fedora-8-livecd iso (other isos too, but I'll use this as an example), 
such that mp3 and rpmfusion(or other arbitrary repos) work 'out of the box'.

Just make a new iso, that contains the old iso as is, with a new initrd 
and bootloader, that present the user with two choices-

a) "boot the official unmodified fedora-8-live image"


b) "boot the official fedora-8-live image, patched with mp3 support and 
software repository configuration that the fedora organization does not 
support or condone in any way"

>> 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.

Given that the fedora trademark guidelines allow the above (seriously 
they do, I was very surprised when I read them myself), and given that 
some individuals and organizations may live in different countries, or 
have lawyers that come to different conclusions about what laws their 
country permits, I think the above should make everyone happy.

No, such software compositions as described above would not be hosted by 
fedora, but hey, that's what bittorrent is for...


(P.S.- please rel-eng-team, keep the official livecd iso as far under 
700M as possible, wink wink, nudge nudge...)

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