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Fedora does not include proprietary software but what about the javascript in sites?

asked 2015-10-22 10:04:19 -0500

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar image

updated 2015-11-27 10:00:54 -0500

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Does Ask Fedora use non-free javascript? What about Red Hat Bugzilla? What about certain webapps offered from the software center? Like Facebook Google Drive, and others?

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Are you asking whether there is non-free javascript in packages? Or if Fedora Project sites use non-free javascript? Perhaps questioning why Fedora would provide a browser that even would allow you to access the internet, when you might encounter some non-free code? We can give an answer, if there's a good question, but a Q&A format help site is not well suited for "please discuss" questions.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-10-23 00:36:01 -0500 )edit

You are right, does the ask fedora site use non-free javascript?

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar imageErvin-Reloaded ( 2015-10-23 14:30:08 -0500 )edit

No. It's mostly jquery, but you can review at

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-10-24 13:14:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-10-22 13:45:03 -0500

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I would guess it's because legal reasons.

The Fedora project is (what I know of) based in the US. Which means that the project has to follow US patent laws, which include software patents. Proprietary software is often protected by patents, which means that they can't (legally) offer such software. E.g. Red Hat and Fedora can't offer subpixel rendering of fonts because a Microsoft patent, but Ubuntu can ship it because they are based in the UK.

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I know that, but the question is not about the software or the fonts. I am asking about the code in Fedora's sites such as Ask Fedora, or Red Hat Bugzilla which use javascript (code). I am asking if this code (javascript in this case) is free or not. or jquery or whatever it might be.

Ervin-Reloaded gravatar imageErvin-Reloaded ( 2015-10-25 04:28:55 -0500 )edit

Yes, whatever is hosted by Fedora infrastructure itself is free software.

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2015-11-27 10:01:27 -0500 )edit

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