Re: [OFFTOPIC] RMS and reactions to him

From: Wichert Akkerman (wichert@wiggy.net)
Date: Sun Jul 20 2003 - 17:09:09 EST


Previously Leandro Guimar„es Faria Corsetti Dutra wrote:
> Thanks for the info on documentation, but that Debian carries non-free
> software against FSF's will is a fact. Or did BillG put all those
> non-free dirs there?

These are differences between Debian the project and Debian the
distribution. non-free is not a part of the distribtion and never has
been. The Debian project has always had people who are willing to
package up a few non-free bits of software. The FSF did not have a
problem with that at all if those were put on a different server
(ie not visible on ftp.debian.org but on non-free.debian.org for
example).

> Perhaps, but it is their goal. If they don't, it means the proprietary
> lock-in game is succeeding.

It is the goal of a vocal minority of people within Debian, but the
project as a whole has not set that as a goal at all. This has also
nothing to do with lock-in at all.

At any rate, this discussion is now officially off-topic for lkml so
lets stop it.

Wichert.

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