Re: Debian i386 freeze
I've explained in my message to Raul why I think the "system component"
clause is too vague.
The hypocrisy is this. Certain people (not everyone) are making a big
stink about qt's non-freeness and not allowing their GPL'd code to be
ported to it (as they are perfectly entitled to) but they are not raising
a similiar stink about utterly non-free toolkits like motif or win32.
This results in a situation where users of non-free OS's actually have
more practical freedom than free OS users.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On 20 Jul 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >>"Jaldhar" == Jaldhar H Vyas <email@example.com> writes:
> Jaldhar> I've heard that Suse and some other distributions do ship
> Jaldhar> with qt. If that is the case, is it exempt for them?
> So, If they jump in the well ....
> Jaldhar> RMS said Linux is just the kernel so we can properly talk of
> Jaldhar> the Suse OS or the Debian OS rather than Linux OS.
> Remember, it is Debian GNU/Linux. We kinds embrace the GNU
> philosophy, I think.
> Jaldhar> Of course we are not so inclined, but could Debian simply
> Jaldhar> declare qt a "major system component" and end this argument?
> Jaldhar> :-)
> Not if we do not want to lie. It is a major system component
> if and only if the majority of Linux installations come equipped with
> Qt. Since Qt is not a part of Debian (niether is KDE), it can't be a
> major component.
> Jaldhar> I'm sorry to say that to this layman, the line of reasoning in this
> Jaldhar> section of the GPL rather stinks of hypocrisy.
> In what way?
> "I have just one word for you, my boy...plastics." from "The
> Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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