Apparently some guy switched from one Linux distribution to another, throws a fit, and this is news.
Hey, I’ve tried lots of distributions in the past ten years. Does anyone remember Caldera?
Anyway, the important thing in that guy’s rant may be if he raised important issues that Fedora needs to consider.
Let’s see, apparently Fedora has failed to include proprietary media codecs. As Alan Cox says, however, “That would be because we believe in Free Software and doing the right thing…” In other words, distributing proprietary software is contrary to the goals of the project.
When pressed further, the switcher claimed that not including these codecs will forever doom Fedora to obscurity. Jesse Keating responded that “Handing [users] a stack of closed source software is not the way to accomplish [our] goals.” These goals include the ability to contribute and the freedom from lock-in.
Alan Cox summarized Fedora’s core values again (did you know he has an MBA?):
The moment Fedora includes non-free stuff it becomes a problem for all the people who redistribute and respin it, and it becomes unfair in the proprietary world in the eyes of everyone who didn’t get included.
Whether you consider fairness and freedom important goals for software, they are important goals of the Fedora project–as well as plenty of other free and open source operating systems and software projects. Thus I believe it’s fair to include that this ranting switcher is Really Sort of Missing the Point–and barely worth anything more than a bar argument.