Code of Ethics Versus Code of Conduct in Action

Reprinted from Daniel Pococks Web site.

The Fedora Council is currently considering a proposal on Community Publishing Platforms which appears to apply Fedoras Code of Conduct in more places.

Consider the following quote from the Code of Conduct.

Members of the Fedora community should be respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people outside the Fedora community and with users of Fedora.

It seems quite reasonable. Think again George Orwells Animal Farm was seen as incredibly disrespectful to friends in the Soviet Union comparing Stalins totalitarian regime to a bunch of pigs. Russia was a British ally. Most publishers didnt want to touch the book for this very reason. It should be clear that there is no way Animal Farms pig metaphor is compatible with the Code of Conduct as it is currently written.

Russia was a British ally. Most publishers didnt want to touch the book for this very reason. It should be clear that there is no way Animal Farms pig metaphor is compatible with the Code of Conduct as it is currently written.Red Hat owns the Fedora trademark and any trademark owner has a right to control the trademark. At the same time when somebody does work and contributes intellectual property to any free software project they have a right to assert that they are the Developer and this will inevitably involve using the trademark too. With at least one organization Debian refusing to recognise all Developers equally it is important to scrutinize this issue. After all not fully and respectfully crediting every Developer is as unpleasant as plagiarism.

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