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Re: to autodownload or not to autodownload



2008/2/8 Trond Danielsen <trond danielsen gmail com>:
> On 2/8/08, Hans de Goede <j w r degoede hhs nl> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Starting a new thread for the autodownload discussion which has forked of the
> > google-earth thread.
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > I must say that any complaints about autodownloader before codecbuddy gets
> > removed, to me, are nothing short of hypocritical, and therefor will not be
> > taken very seriously by me.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Hans
>
> In the world of software nothing is only black and white; most of the
> stuff we ship will fall into a gray area one way or another. Let me
> mention a few.
>
> 1. Online-desktop: The world of free software has "fought" proprietary
> software for many years, only to partner up with the WWW behemoth that
> Google is. The purpose of the online-desktop is to integrate online
> services like flickr and Google with the rest of the system. Despite
> their public APIs online services are proprietary software just like
> Microsoft Office. Should we ban any application that makes it easy to
> access such services?
>
> 2. Firmware: Oh how I love that my network card works perfectly
> immediately after a fresh install, but there is no doubt that it
> contradicts the spirit of free sw.
>
> 3. Codec buddy: Already mentioned and discussed. But would we allow a
> similar solution if Nvidia decided to create a Video Buddy?
>
> Conclusion: I think there are many issues that are far more
> controversial than the autodownloader scripts. The effort made by Hans
> has made Fedora a great gamers platform, and I do not think many
> end-users would understand the rational for removing them if this is
> what is the result from this discussion.
>
> Regards,
> --
> Trond Danielsen

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