Defining Free Software Business

Ben Finney ben at
Tue Jun 27 01:43:10 UTC 2006

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On 27-Jun-2006, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
>    What do you think of the suggestion made to draw lines similar to
>    those drawn by the Debian project: "free", "free but currently
>    depends on non-free", "non-free".
> A bad idea, since just like Debian, you end up recommending and
> condoning non-free software by recommending businesses that perform
> unethical practises.

I don't see how you make this connection. Why would a classification
as I suggested necessarily "end up" as a recommendation?

> This goes against the very core of what GNU is about: non-free
> software is evil.

I sympathise with this. The GBN, whatever its form, must always avoid
promoting the restriction of software users.

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Ben Finney <ben at>
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