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Re: new port: and the winner is....

On Fri, Sep 21, 2001 at 05:00:48PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Sep 2001, Richard B. Kreckel wrote:
> > The social contract says "Our Priorities are Our Users and Free Software".  
> > Such a win-port might indeed serve some users.  But for my own part, I do
> > have some personal problems with making all free software win-compatible.  
> > Does it serve Free Software?  Such ports frequently lead to crippled
> > design [1] and frankly, I do not like to give people more excuses for not
> > switching to an entirely free OS.
> Well, we cannot have Debian that runs over the Microsoft Windows(TM) kernel,
> since the Windows kernel is an extremely non-free component, and nothing on
> Debian can have a dependency on non-free *software*. Therefore there will
> never be a Debian for arch "Windows" (or whatever it gets called).

This view may be a little narrow.

Many of the current debian architectures depend on non-free software
in the bootstrapping process (e.g. BIOSes).

And don't forget that before linux, free software was developed on
non-free OSes most of the time...


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