[Fsf-Debian] Comparison with Parabola
ramana at member.fsf.org
Sat Aug 4 06:49:06 UTC 2012
I'd like to know more about why Parabola GNU/Linux is endorsed by the FSF as
a free distribution, because I think it might provide new ideas for routes
by which Debian could be also. The reason is, Parabola has something
somewhat analogous to [nonfree] in the form of all the Arch repositories
([core], [extra], [community]) and the AUR which are all not restricted to
There are two ways Parabola excludes nonfree software:
1. Putting the [libre] repo before the Arch repos, so a lot of
packages with free replacements are automatically superseded and
2. Maintaining the your-freedom package, which must be explicitly
installed, which conflicts with any remaining known nonfree packages.
Parabola currently does nothing about the AUR, but there is a feature
request for dealing with it in their bug tracker.
Why does the FSF endorse Parabola given the situation above where
nonfree packages are available?
Is it possible for Debian to gain endorsement by using something like
the your-freedom package (or maybe a switch in the package manager)
which conflicts with the installation of known nonfree packages?
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