Similar discussion list but not only for Europe?

David Gerard dgerard at
Mon Mar 9 12:41:11 UTC 2009

2009/3/9 Alfred M. Szmidt <ams at>:

> The OSI disagrees with this freedom, and have decided to list a
> license that is not a free software license amongst its approved
> licenses.
> I fail to see what is historically inaccureate, or factually
> incorrect.  The OSI has listed, and lists licenses that do not adher
> to the four freedoms of software, the only conclusion is that they do
> not care about software freedom.

Similarly, the Debian Free Software Guidelines disallow the GFDL. The
FSF continues to advocate the GFDL. Therefore the FSF does not care
about software freedom.

The fallacy in both cases is going beyond "black and white thinking"
to using special definitions of the words "black" and "white".

The FSF and OSI have different set-out goals, but that does not mean
the FSF owns specific English-language terms.

- d.

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