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Gratis vs libre?

Russell Cooker, I was surprised to hear that you left Red Hat. Was pretty helpful to have you on the SELinux team. On the other hand, having a strong SELinux implementation in other distributions including Debian would help us move into this new security model in a better way, so I guess that’s all good.

I dont quite grok your “Fedora is gratis. Debian is libre” comment. We have a very strong commitment towards Free software in Fedora. Fedora Core went through a licensing audit and we have been good at ensuring this in Fedora Extras but we will probably go through the same process on that repository post Fedora Core 6 release to cross check this. I am curious to know where the impression of not valuing liberty comes from.


Written by mether

October 13, 2006 at 4:11 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. The FSF says Fedora is non-free

    I emailed John Sullivan at the Free Software Foundation. He had this to say:

    “My understanding is that Fedora Core considers any license listed by OSI to be acceptable. There are several of those licenses that are not free in terms of the FSF’s free software definition.”

    With that in mind, the FSF considers Debian to be non-free as well because you can download non-free packages from its website.


    October 13, 2006 at 12:54 am

  2. Re: The FSF says Fedora is non-free

    Fedora does *not* carry the OSI licenses that FSF considers to be non-free either. If you click on the licensing audit link, we have plans to fix the guidelines to explicitly say this


    October 13, 2006 at 1:38 am

    • Re: The FSF says Fedora is non-free

      You’d better tell that to the FSF.


      October 13, 2006 at 3:19 am

      • Re: The FSF says Fedora is non-free

        We already did. I am waiting for their responses on several questions for a while now


        October 13, 2006 at 10:46 am

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