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Re: Bruce's rhetoric

On Fri, Nov 14, 1997 at 02:43:00PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:

> > most people in the world think of non-free to mean simply something
> > for which you don't have to pay
> Obviously, when we use the word "free" all through Debian we're
> talking about freedom, not price.

On Sat, 15 Nov 1997, Adrian Bridgett wrote:

> I don't think it is "obvious" to some people who look at the FTP
> archive.  My original post just suggested changing the _name_ of it
> to make it clearer to newbies.  If I saw a section called
> "non-free", I might jump to the wrong conclusion.  However if I saw
> a section called "non-dfsg" or "restricted" then I would read a file
> called README.DFSG to see what the directory contained.

Scott Ellis <storm@gate.net> writes:

> On the other hand, someone making a CD might see non-dfsg and not
> realize that there was stuff in it they couldn't distribute and get
> burnt.  DSFG is just a collection of letters to a lot of people
> while non-free means something.

This is exactly the point.  Since we are assuming that those
unfamiliar with Debian are going to make mistakes, let's try to ensure
that their mistakes don't end up violating the licenses of the
software at our ftp sites.


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