[Fsf-Debian] [Dev] Comparison with Parabola

Bryan Baldwin bryan at katofiad.co.nz
Sun Aug 5 04:40:44 UTC 2012

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On 08/05/2012 04:15 PM, Luke T.Shumaker wrote:
> On that note, should we patch wget and gcc to warn to make sure
> that what you're downloading and compiling is free? :)

This is an example of the real difference between Debian and the
distributions that are already on the FSF's free distribution list.
Those distributions aren't perfect, and discover real freedom problems
as they go along. Debian has been functionally separating main from
contrib/nonfree for so long that the packages in main could even have
fewer freedom related bugs then the distributions on FSF's list. I'm
happy if those contributions help freedom makers, but it doesn't
matter whether that is true or not.

The real difference is that those distributions have a genuine intent
to remove the nonfree software. Debian doesn't. Debian has every
intention to separate it, but continue developing and maintaining
nonfree software in the contrib and nonfree repositories, then try to
"win" FSF honorable mentions with word games pretending that those
repositories are not part of Debian.

That isn't "compromise", its simply whole cloth lying. When a real
contingent of Debian representatives have come forward to say, it is
their intention to completely give up all mention and all support for
contrib and nonfree, then this conversation will actually start
getting somewhere, where "somewhere" means the possibility of being
listed as a free distribution with the FSF.
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