Savannah rejects a project because it uses GPL
mjr at phonecoop.coop
Mon Feb 13 16:44:45 UTC 2006
"Alfred M\. Szmidt" <ams at gnu.org> [skip much]
> > > Ok. Then the sentence makes even less sense, since manuals are
> > > not software, they cannot be classifed as "non-free software", or
> > > "free software".
> > So, we agree they are not free software, but for different reasons.
> To be precis, I'm not agreeing that they are not `free software'.
> They are simply not software, period. Be it free, non-free,
> propietary, etc. It is like calling a house for `non car', it isn't a
> car to begin with...
It is perfectly true to say that a house is not a petrol car,
if you don't think it's any sort of car.
> > We should agree that debian is doing the right thing to uphold its
> > promise of producing a 100% free software distribution and not
> > apply higher standards to debian.org than gnu.org. The dispute is
> > really that some want debian to change its promise, but that's
> > happened for years, in different ways.
> Since Debian is not upholding that promise, I cannot agree with this.
> I wish I could.
Debian delivers on its promise:
To get a 100% free software distribution from debian, get the
official distribution by download or from any of the places
listed on www.debian.org.
You can't get a 100% free software distribution from GNU today.
> > Would you praise debian if ftp.debian.org pointed at a mirror that
> > doesn't carry any non-free software?
> Does or does not ftp.debian.org carry non-free software? Does or does
> not ftp.gnu.org carry non-free software?
> Clearly, the answer is `Yes. No'. You are jumping into the realm of
> itsy bitsy semantics.
Nonsense. You're playing silly DNS configuration games.
ftp.debian.org (aka debian-mirror.cs.umn.edu) and ftp.gnu.org are
not equivalent. If you compared that debian mirror with the main
GNU mirror (ibiblio), you'd see that both carry non-free software.
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