Re: [OFFTOPIC] RMS and reactions to him

From: Leandro Guimarăes Faria Corsetti Dutra (
Date: Sun Jul 20 2003 - 03:49:28 EST

On Sun, 20 Jul 2003 10:09:40 +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:

> Leandro GuimarĂ£es Faria Corsetti Dutra <> writes:
>> Debian actually calls it GNU/Linux.
> OTOH, Debian is the only distribution that might remove FSF credits
> and calls for funding


> and the GNU Manifesto from the distribution. I

        I'd be surprised. They carry the Anarchist Manifesto and the
KJV Bible.

> don't know of any other distribution which is considering such
> far-reaching plans.

        It won't be the first disagreement. Debian actually was
poised to become *the* GNU distribution until they insisted on
carrying non-free software, when that was even more essential. Every
so often this issue is raised again; presumably they will shed
non-free completely once a recent free version of Java 2, SWF player
and assorted stuff becomes available.

        What they *are* doing is removing the GNU FDL stuff. I have
read the discussions, and it seems to me something they could get over
if RMS and some small group of Debian people -- *not* all of
debian-legal -- had a good talk over a good beer.

        OTOH all this never prevented Debian from being preferred by
the FSF, actually used by RMS, and from calling itself Debian
GNU/Linux, as well as being the Hurd distro.

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