Defining Free Software Business

Kaloian Doganov kaloian at
Tue Jun 27 13:30:57 UTC 2006

	> 	The Debian Project does not sell proprietary software.
	> In the same sense Microsoft is not Internet Explorer's vendor, Sun
	> Microsystems is not Java (TM)'s vendor, Oracle is not Oracle Database
	> Client's vendor, and Adobe is not Acrobat Reader (TM)'s vendor, because
	> these programs are not sold (e.g. distributed at no cost), therefore,
	> they have no vendors.  In this sense, Debian Project is not a
	> proprietary software vendor, yes.

	In a wider sense: the Debian Project does not hold copyright of
	any proprietary software, unlike Microsoft, Sun, Oracle and Adobe.

Indeed, one can act unethically (in Debian Project's case --
distributing proprietary software to users) without a clear and obvious
motive.  I really do not understand Debian Project's motivation to
organize unethical activities, but unfortunately, they do not convert to
ethical ones just by this reason.

"Every non-free program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master." --RMS
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