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Re: Codeina and how to proceed

On Mon, 17 Mar 2008, Luis Villa wrote:

For what it is worth, I agree with Greg[3]. We know that the mp3 patents are problematic in both the US[1] and Europe[2] and create restrictions that make mp3s non-free. Either say the mp3 stuff is non-free and drop it as well as the others, or allow them all. The middle way is a poor compromise and I'm surprised the board went that direction.

This is neither here nor there, but some level of responsibility needs to fall on me.

Back in January 2007 when we first made the "let's do Codeina" decision, I remember that the Board's feeling was not unanimous, but that the majority liked the idea of trying it as an experiment, seeing what happened, and being transparent about positives and negatives.

My personal feeling at the time was very mixed, and regardless, the majority of the Fedora Board is supposed to rule. The Fedora Project Leader's veto, which I *could* have used, was not something that I wanted to ever do, and certianly not on a decision in which I wasn't 100% convinced that the majority of the Board was wrong.

Put it this way: In the general case (not talking about Codenia here) if I couldn't argue persuasively enough to make the majority of the Board agree with me, then it would be quite autocratic to pull out the veto card.

In short, I consider the Codeina experiment a victory for the *process* and *democracy* that the Board was put in place to ensure, but a failed experiment in general.

I'd like to personally apologize to Bastien and Thomas for Codeina -- I think I handled it very poorly over a year ago and it caused them both aggravation and trouble that is ultimately my fault.


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