Defining Free Software Business
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Tue Jun 27 01:42:23 UTC 2006
[...] criticise its [Debian's] 100% free software aim [...]
Debian might have this as an `aim', but aiming is no good if you
cannot fire your riffle at the bullseye. Something that Debian has
failed to do on a continued basis for several years.
That's a great way to discourage free software supporters from
debian development and a fantastic recruiting sergeant for the
failed "Open Source" initiative. Then you can criticise debian for
being too many "Open Source" people and too few FSFphiles.
Self-fulfilling prophecy, yay(!)
Or it might be Debian people like yourself who alienate people from
Debian by calling people for `fanatic sargents', FSFphiles, and what
debian is the major distribution the most strongly committed to
free software, but doesn't get any credit for it in this audience.
It doesn't get any credit because it is simply not true. There are
several other GNU/Linux distributions that do a far better job, Fedora
Core comes to mind. Then there are distributions who have entierly
commited themselfs to 100% free software, like Ututo, Dynebolic, and a
one or two more. So no, Debian is not the `major distribution most
strongly committed to free software'.
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