Defining Free Software Business

simo simo.sorce at
Thu Jun 29 14:56:37 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-06-28 at 21:37 +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Because Debian (the project) hosts non-free software for Debian (the
> operating system).  As Debian (the operating system) is part of Debian
> (the project), recommending a Debian (the operating system) would be
> the distribution and support of non-free software that Debian (the
> project) supports.  Recommending the operating system means
> recommending the project--and its actions--that makes the operating
> system.

Going down this line of reasoning the GNU project should refrain from
releasing any software that can run on proprietary operating system
because doing so is recommending the use of these proprietary operating

Is there anyone in FSF/FSFE that can explain why the GNU Project
distribute software that can run on proprietary OSs?


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