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Re: ati or nvidia cards in documentation



On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 5:59 AM, Karsten 'quaid' Wade <kwade redhat com> wrote:
>
> On Fri, 2008-05-30 at 10:59 +0200, Valent Turkovic wrote:
>> > We don't usually document proprietary software. Also refer
>> >
>> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Bugs/F9Common#Proprietary_.28third-party.29_video_drivers
>> >
>> > Rahul
>>
>> I'm aware of Fedora Project and proprietary software but I'm just
>> trying to say that we need to at least say that somewhere and although
>> common bugs page is really nice I would expect it also in release
>> notes.
>
> I just sent a flippant reply to this, but it is worth taking a moment to
> respond with more detail.
>
> There are *many* good reasons not to document the use of closed source
> software.  Perhaps it is worth writing this up into a short essay on a
> wiki page so we can refer to it always.
>
> At the same time, it can be very painful to not be able to help someone
> with their problem, especially when "all you have to do is ..."  It is
> very human to want to take away their hurt.  In Fedora, we know that if
> we try to take away short term hurt, we have to be careful that we are
> not perpetuating the long term hurt.
>
> Is this something that is unclear to other people?  The reasons why we
> only document software that is provided in Fedora?
>
> Earlier today I removed instructions that Valent put on the
> ForbiddenItems page.  The instructions pointed to a bug in Firefox that
> prevented Firefox's plugin finder from working with installing Adobe's
> Flash player.  In addition, a link was included to a page describing how
> to install Adobe's Flash player.  This was all in replacement of a
> previous statement that one could use Firefox to install the Flash
> plugin.  Valent was correcting that original "how-to install" statement
> with the bug report et al.  In consideration, I think the original
> statement was incorrect being there.


I guess that you also need/want to correct the page :
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Multimedia/Flash


Cheers,
Valent.

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