[Fedora-packaging] code vs. content

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Fri Nov 20 04:53:59 UTC 2009


Just this morning I was noting ("complaining about", I guess) this on
IRC.

>>>>> "RC" == Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 at freenet.de> writes:

RC> The problem I have with this package providing a precedence of how
RC> to circumvent Fedora's regulations/guidelines etc. to use Fedora as
RC> means to distribute "mere content".

Well, the interesting thing is that it's not this package which would
provide the precedent.  In fact, there are already several precedents in
the distro, depending on which facet of the code vs. content issue you
choose to examine.

RC> What to do about this package and about this issue in general?

All I know is that it's terribly difficult for anyone to finely define
the boundary of acceptability here.  Program documentation is obviously
OK.  What about programming documentation?  A Perl tutorial or Dive into
Python?  A generic book on Java programming?  It's not too far from
there to all of Project Gutenberg, and it hasn't really been that long
since the issue of books was discussed to death on fedora-devel.  Not to
mention that even if you could somehow accurately lay out a boundary of
acceptability, you'd then have to turn around and address the issue of
quality.

I have to admit, though, that pictures of your favorite city or
amphibian or whatever just don't seem to me to have much point, even if
they are wrapped in the necessary bits so that they work as a
screensaver.  But then we ship a bunch of "*-backgrounds*" packages and
nobody seems to complain.

In the end, it isn't really up to FPC to make the policy on what's
acceptable here, and if we're concerned about limiting the size of the
distro then there's plenty of other cruft that you'd have to put up on
the chopping block as well.  I think FESCo is going to have to address
this sooner or later, because it's not a big jump from some pictures of
London to pictures of hot girls and who knows what else.

For some reason this makes me wonder if we still patch out the "penis"
configuration from the snake screensaver.

 - J<




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