First of all congratulations with Fedora Linux 36 getting available, great job.
I would like to discuss about few things that have been puzzling my mind.
–The Fedora’s first foundation is “freedom” (cf Fedora’s Mission and Foundations :: Fedora Docs).
I wonder how genuine the will to redistribute “free alternatives to proprietary code and content and limit the effects of proprietary or patent encumbered code on the Project” a philosophical standpoint, or more a will of Red Hat not to get bothered with shipping proprietary software that could legally put them in trouble.
If the second reason is the main one, isn’t insisting on “free code” as a “value” a bit hypocritical?
Most desktop user’s first need after installing Fedora Linux is rushing to the rpmfusion website to load at least all the necessary codecs for a daily use of audio and video.
If the fedora’s “free software” stance is not hypocritical, why to help under the carpet users to quickly enable rpmfusion?
Also since F35 clicking enabling third party repos in Gnome Software is adding flatpak flitered apps, as well as google chrome’s repo.
I think this change is welcome for desktop users. But obviously it includes apps such as Zoom and Skype and Chrome, not free.
Overall i dont really understand where Fedora stands. The word is freedom, but obviously most users will go to flathub and rpmfusion to enable at the very least codecs in firefox .
Is the only real reason for not shipping proprietary codecs a wish from Red Hat not to have any legal issues? If yes could we maybe write it more honestly?
–Here comes my second point: If most users need to enable proprietary rpmfusion’s codecs, why not to make the process way more easy?
Now one click in 'enabling third party software" creates a repo for “nvidia within rpmfuion” and “steam within rpmfusion”… why not just enabling the whole rpmfusion with that click?
And why not making it somewhat more easy for users to get codecs working (with a second click)?
A new user arriving on fedora and wishing to watch any website with videos with the default firefox browser (netflix, tv websites…), will have instant issues, and a long twisted path to enable all those codecs from rpmfusion’s website (how did the new user knew about that website anyhow)… Isnt that whole walk quite unacceptable?
Fedora is a great and powerfull project. I wish it could be maybe more transparent about reasons behind “freedom” and also more straight forward for that casual new user clicking on netflix’s website after his/her Fedora Linux’s install and being puzzled by the lack of support.
Greetings and thanks for this great project anyhow!