Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware
On Wed, 23 Aug 2006 06:08:08 -0600, Matthew Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> Manoj wrote:
>> Actually, I disagree, and, even worse, so does the common
>> definition of the phrase computer program: asking google about
>> define: computer program gives: ,---- | * A computer program is a
>> set of statements or instructions to be | used directly or
>> indirectly in a computer in order to bring | about a certain
> But Debian has a tradition of ignoring the common definition of
> phrases. Have you tried asking google to define software, for
Yes. There the answer is not so clear cut: I get
# Programs, procedures, rules, and any associated documentation
# pertaining to the operation of a system. Contrast with hardware
# (page ***).
# Generally, programs loaded into a computer from external mass
# storage but also extended to include operating systems and
as well as:
# Coded instructions (programs) that make a computer do useful work.
# The programs that tell the computer what to do.
So, there is clearly a lack of uniform consensus there; and
when it was brought to our notice, we used an editorial change to the
foundation documents to disambiguate; why are we not doing the same
I don't wanna argue, and I don't wanna fight, But there will
definitely be a party tonight...
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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