Manuals, software, programs (Re: Savannah rejects a project because it uses GPL)

MJ Ray mjr at
Tue Feb 14 15:10:52 UTC 2006

"Alfred M\. Szmidt" <ams at>

>    > Program ::= binary data that can be executed by a computer.
>    > 
>    > Source code ::= Something that can be converted to binary data
>    >                 that can be executed by a computer (either in
>    >                 one, or several steps)
>    > 
>    > Software ::= Any of these two.
> Have you actually programmed an analogue computer?  You are changing
> the _hardware_ to make it do things, not software.  Please, if you are
> not interested in continuing this disucssion, stop sending stupid
> remarks like these.

The consequences seem stupid because those definitions are inconsistent
with reality. It was your definition of programs as a subset of software
which led to that contradiction. I don't hold much hope of reasonable
discussion with you, but highlighting your absurdity is worthwhile.

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