Fedora rejects SQLninja
Posted Nov 11, 2010 13:53 UTC (Thu) by ewan
In reply to: Fedora rejects SQLninja
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I'm fairly sure I could build a working system from original source tarballs from around the web, but I'd still rather not. Your logic could happily eliminate most special purpose technical tools from a distribution on the basis that would-be users should be capable of getting them themselves. Like a poster above, I'm not too concerned about SQLninja specifically, but about the policy. We have been here before with bits of Free software that some people find 'unethical', and it still doesn't seem like a good basis for making technical decisions.
The problem with this specific decision is that the policy wording seeks to exclude things that have "no useful foreseeable purposes other than those that are highly likely to be illegal or unlawful" but SQLninja doesn't seem to meet that test - using it on your own systems, as has been mentioned several times in this thread alone, is both legal and foreseeable.
If Fedora is going to set up a policy that says one thing, then do something else because the software makes the board members feel icky, that seems like a bad thing.
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