Hello Fedora community,
as far as I know, RPM Fusion can’t be part of the Fedora Project or hosted by it, because the contained software, like the VLC player, even though it is open source software, has a potentially problematic legal status in some countries, especially the USA, and so Red Hat wants to keep it away.
I can understand that.
But I just did a whois on the IP Address of flathub.org and it is hosted on an IP range that is owned by Red Hat:
[hege@tx1 ~]$ host flathub.org flathub.org has address 126.96.36.199 ... [hege@tx1 ~]$ whois 188.8.131.52 ... NetRange: 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 CIDR: 18.104.22.168/22 NetName: LVLT-REDHAT-1-8-43-84 NetHandle: NET-8-43-84-0-1 Parent: LVLT-ORG-8-8 (NET-8-0-0-0-1) NetType: Reassigned OriginAS: Organization: Red Hat, Inc. (REDHAT-1) RegDate: 2016-12-15 Updated: 2016-12-15 Ref: https://rdap.arin.net/registry/ip/22.214.171.124 ...
So, now the RPM Fusion situation doesn’t make any sense to me anymore. Flathub has much more potentially problematic software than RPM Fusion does, but Red Hat even hosts it themselves. Also, in Fedora 38 we will have the option for unfiltered Flathub access (which is great and I love it), but on the other hand, RPM Fusion is still treated like “that shadowy place over there”.
So, with all of that, wouldn’t it make sense to at least also grant unfiltered RPM Fusion access, just the way unfiltered Flathub access is going to be granted in Fedora 38? There doesn’t seem to be much legal concern anymore by Red Hat or Fedora.