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Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF

Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF

Posted Jul 12, 2012 20:16 UTC (Thu) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
In reply to: Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF by Jonno
Parent article: Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF

To support these users, we are prepared to provide infrastructure (such as web hosting, bug tracking system and mailing lists) for a third party to use to provide non-free packages compatible with the Debian system.

That wouldn't fly since, to be approved as a »free« distribution, the FSF wants Debian to pretend there is no such thing as non-free software.


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Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF

Posted Jul 12, 2012 20:23 UTC (Thu) by Jonno (subscriber, #49613) [Link]

That is patently false. While only FSF can say definitely if my idea would be enough, they absolutely *don't* want you to pretend non-free software doesn't exist.

In fact they *want* you to preach to your users about the evils of non-free software, but only *require* you to not encourage it's use (for a fairly broad definition of "encourage").

Searching for common ground between Debian and FSF

Posted Jul 13, 2012 1:29 UTC (Fri) by ldarby (guest, #41318) [Link]

> That is patently false. While only FSF can say definitely if my idea would be enough, they absolutely *don't* want you to pretend non-free software doesn't exist.

Actually, the requirement is you have to cover your ears and shout "LA-LA-LA-I-CANT-HEAR-YOU" whenever non-free is mentioned.

Hint: turn on your sarcasm detector :)


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