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Re: Fedora spin from RpmFusion



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


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

http://rhold.fedoraproject.org/About/legal/trademarks/guidelines/

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"

or

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...

-dmc

(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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