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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 <jaldhar@braincells.com>

On 20 Jul 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

> Hi,
> >>"Jaldhar" == Jaldhar H Vyas <jaldhar@braincells.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? 
> 	manoj
> -- 
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