Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
Posted Jul 4, 2012 17:36 UTC (Wed) by anselm
Parent article: Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
It seems to me that the main beef the FSF has with Debian is that the Debian project tells users that the »non-free« and »contrib« trees exist. We (I'm a DD) can be 110% anal-retentive about moving doubtful stuff out of »main«; as long as the installer or the official docs even so much as hint, no matter how many caveats and disclaimers are attached, at the fact that there is pre-packaged non-free software one can conveniently install on a Debian system, that makes Debian »non-free« in the eyes of the FSF. In my opinion at least this stance is at odds with Debian's goal of supporting its users, who according to Debian should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to avail themselves of the content of the »non-free« repository, and according to the FSF must be saved at all costs from becoming corrupted by its allure, by concealing its very existence from them.
I wish the project every bit of luck but I think that given the FSF's known history of being ready to compromise this will,in the end, amount to tilting at windmills.
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