gNewSense makes sense
Posted Feb 3, 2007 15:42 UTC (Sat) by jstAusr
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If licenses could be changed there would be no point in naming the license. By not allowing changes to license text, a developer can just check which license is being used without needing to read the license for each file they might find useful. Reading the license is not enough you need to understand the legal issues involved in each wording change. License proliferation is a nightmare from an administrative point of view, if the wording within the license could be changed it would be very difficult to put together any meaningful collection of software because the licenses could easily become incompatible. Are you sure you want free license files?
I am not smart enough to know for sure but, I assume that firmware can be made to do things when interacting with the software or data stored on my hardware that I would not appreciate. The other concern is that firmware can be changed and the changes may not be wanted by the owner of the hardware. When I purchase hardware I don't want to be owned by the hardware manufacturer in the same way that I don't want to be owned by a proprietary software vendor. If my assumptions regarding firmware are correct, gNewSense seems like a good distribution choice.
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