[Fsf-Debian] Who gets to say what the definition of “Debian” is?

Ben Finney ben+debian at benfinney.id.au
Sun Aug 5 13:10:39 UTC 2012

Michael Gilbert <mgilbert at debian.org> writes:

> Actually, only Debian "main" is intended to be 100% dfsg-free
> software.

Intended by who? Not by someone who agrees with the Debian project's
social contract:

    1. Debian Will Remain 100% Free Software
       We promise to keep the Debian GNU/Linux Distribution entirely free

> The entire composition of Debian "the system" is up to individual
> users/developers/volunteers and how they choose to compose their
> particular parts of the whole.

Yes, what people install additional to Debian is up to them. But that
doesn't mean the result is “Debian the system” any more.

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Ben Finney

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