Bug 586497 - Licensing information overall vision
Summary: Licensing information overall vision
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: distribution
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ben Cotton
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-04-27 18:02 UTC by Máirín Duffy
Modified: 2020-07-24 22:33 UTC (History)
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Description Máirín Duffy 2010-04-27 18:02:13 UTC
Description of problem:

I think we need to revisit how we present licensing information to users, both in Fedora (right now we have it in firstboot) and on our website.

Do we just want to display this information to be compliant? Or do we want to really put in the effotr to help make the information accessible to users so they understand it at a deeper level?

There's been some really good research by Michael Terry's group at the University of Waterloo on software license agreements, and how modifying their presentation affects how much time users spend reading them and how much of them that they read. They've come up with some useful conclusions. Their main project page is here:


Michael actually gave a Google tech talk on this research and the video is available and is a easy watch. The topic starts around 19:00 in the video and he finishes up around 40:00: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebqm-sTPXo

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2010-07-30 11:29:11 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 14 development cycle.
Changing version to '14'.

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Comment 2 Elad Alfassa 2011-04-27 05:23:24 UTC
Adding the FutureFeature tag, moving to rawhide.
I think this issue is important, we should present licensing information in a simple way (probably graphic, with the minimum amount of words, pandas will probably fit), to help new users understand what do we mean by "freedom".
The first place the user see the licensing information is firstboot, so we should work on it first.
When we have a good way of presenting this information, we should add it to the website as well.

I hope it'll be fixed for F16 :-)

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