XFree86 gone from Fedora Core? WHY!?

Michael Robinson mrobinson at fuzzymuzzle.com
Sat May 22 02:48:11 UTC 2004

Because it's no longer completely open source, which defies the purpose 
of Linux and GNU.

Michael Robinson
mrobinson at fuzzymuzzle.com

William M. Quarles wrote:

> James Jones wrote:
>> William M. Quarles wrote:
>>> Who made the not-very-bright decision of choosing X.org over XFree86 
>>> for Fedora Core 2, and WHY?
>>> I also LOVE (sorry, I was sarcastic, DESPISE) this item in the 
>>> Release Notes for FC 2:
>>> "This release is a merger of the previous official X11R6 release, 
>>> XFree86 4.4.0rc2, and additionally includes a number of updates"
>>> 1. XFree86 4.4.0rc2 was not a release (hence the rc, "release 
>>> candidate")
>>> 2. It's not like XFree86 4.4 didn't come out.
>>> 3. What is that made XFree86 no longer official?  Because some 
>>> corporate bubbleheads decided to get together, swipe another 
>>> organizations code and pose it as their own?  Please.
>> Perhaps you didn't notice the HUGE brouhaha over XFree86's licensing 
>> change with XFree86 4.4; 4.4.0 rc2 was the last under the old 
>> license. The new liccense is incompatible with GPL, and several Linux 
>> distributions have decided to no longer use XFree86 because of that. 
>> The ones that I recall are Red Hat/Fedora, Mandrake, and Gentoo.
>>    James Jones
> I noticed, I still don't understand what the big deal is.  Let's keep 
> everything on list though, OK?

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