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Re: "Why Debian NetBSD"

On Fri, Jan 18, 2002 at 03:12:30PM -0500, Sam Hartman wrote:
> >>>>> "Jeremy" == Jeremy C Reed <reed@wcug.wwu.edu> writes:
>     Jeremy> It all depends on your (or RMS's) personal definition of
>     Jeremy> "freedom".  Definitely BSD websites promote free software
>     Jeremy> -- in fact, they encourage the use of their code in
>     Jeremy> proprietary, closed-source applications and devices. (When
>     Jeremy> your force freedom on someone are they free?.)
> Fortunately we are Debian and we have a definition of free that those
> of us who are part of the project accepted when we joined.  Under this
> definition both the GPL and the BSD license are free.  Can we head off
> the flamewar about whether GPL is free, because in the Debian context
> it is defined (by name) to be free.  Also, Debian does not define a
> comparison operator on freedom; asking what license is more free than
> another is not worth the bandwith it takes provided they are both
> free.

That was very well stated. I would like to see the political arguements about
licenses taken off-list. There are plenty of other forums for it.


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