[fedora-india] Re: Omega 10 Desktop Linux

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Tue Sep 30 09:51:05 UTC 2008

Luca Foppiano wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 14:26 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> Fedora already has different spins - xfce, kde, games, developer live cd 
>> and others. I maintain a couple of them even. This is essentially 
>> similar but rebranded since it used packages outside of the official 
>> Fedora repository.
> Spins belong to Fedora, maintains the same policy and the same rules.
> AFAIK Omega ship proprietary codec and non-free packages. is this true?
> If yes, I don't think official fedora spins ship that packages.

There is no proprietary codecs or non-free codecs in Omega. Some of them 
are potentially patent encumbered (only if you are in a region that 
considers software patents as valid) but nothing proprietary. Like I 
already mentioned, this is rebranded only because it includes third 
party software packages. The point is that it is not entirely different 
distribution. It is 100% compatible with Fedora.

>> I never used the term "Fedora based" in my announcements.
> Is this phrase not the same? 
> "Omega is a desktop/mobile Linux distribution that is 
> based upon Fedora but includes packages from the Livna RPM repository."

This is a quote from a article and not the announcement. The 
announcement is at


> I'm trying to understand if and what are the advantages to have another
> distribution. 

Like all the different spins, this is just a matter of convenience. Many 
of the Fedora users go to a third party repository like Livna to get 
additional software. This live cd reduces that hassle and makes things 
easier. Also for people who are relying on media (CD/DVD) instead of 
Internet connection for software, this live cd is more useful.


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