Ticket #154 (closed task: fixed)
Revert the recently published Flag policy
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The new flag policy, discussed in January, was recently announced to fedora developers.
I do believe that accepting the proposal was a mistake and ask FESCO to please overturn the proposal as is.
The current policy is not mandated by Red Hat legal, therefore FESCO is free to overturn the earlier decision.
There certainly are reasons for mandating a flag policy, most connected to a flag being a political symbol, e.g. a Linux operating system being certified for sale in the P.R.C. might encounter problems if it chooses to show a Taiwan having a separate flag. While this is certainly reason enough for a commercial entitity to require it's shipped software to be modified to appease potential customers, it is the wrong policy for fedora:
- Fedora maintainers are volunteers. We should not mandate policies burdening them with unnecessary work.
- Removing flags from packages means locally patching fedora packages. Upstream authors have in the past reacted defensively to patches removing graphical symbols from their packages and rejected such patches. This would mean that fedora has to maintain it's patch for indefinite times if upstream is not cooperative. One of our main principles is to _not_ fork upstream versions, which is violated by this policy.
As can be seen on the newly improved fedora-devel list, many other maintainers share my opinion.
So, please reexamine said policy and throw it out. We already have upstream authors telling us that our packaging guidelines are useless, no need to bolster their arguments with really useless policies.