[Fedora-packaging] Firmware packaging, v2

Matthew Miller mattdm at mattdm.org
Mon Feb 26 17:40:54 UTC 2007

On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 11:04:57AM -0500, Jeremy Katz wrote:
> > Any chance of getting all non-Free firmware to Require: some empty
> > package (say freedom-loss or proprietary-crap :-) such that:
> > - one could yum erase this package and end up without any non-Free
> > Software installed, and
> > - one could easily veirfy that custom distros with a subset of the
> > complete Fedora package set don't include any such proprietary
> > packages?
> The entire goal of standardizing on a specific license tag be used is
> that it's easy to have a simple script for query/removing/installing or
> whatnot and _not_ have to do magic packages like this.  Maintaining such
> a package is always and without fail an absolute nitemare to do.

Except, this magical package is backwards from the typical "metapackage"
kludge -- other things require *it*, rather than the other way around. So it
requires very very little maintenance.

Matthew Miller           mattdm at mattdm.org          <http://mattdm.org/>
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