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Re: Debian GNU/w32, may ready to be started?



On Mon, Dec 03, 2001 at 09:49:03AM -0500, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> Please consider that RMS created the LGPL specificly to allow glibc to be
> installed on, and used by, non-free OS's like Sun. The whole purpose was
> to allow more free software to be run on these machines.

This is true; however, the LGPL is now 'deprecated' by the FSF, as from
their point of view there is no longer a need to run GNU software on top
of non-free kernels, and therefore the LGPL is no longer a key part of
their strategy.

> This implies that RMS _is_ in favor of having free software run on a
> non-free OS. (Although he is perfectly able to act in an inconsistant
> fashion.)

He is in favor of running free software only.  Anything else along the
way is a stepping stone to reaching that goal. :)

> If I understand, this port allows most/all Debian software to be run on an
> M$ OS. This sounds like just what the Doctor ordered ;-)

And no one has said that the porting cannot continue; that would be
rather hypocritical coming from a group who stands so strongly behind
the DFSG, since the DFSG also protects the user's right to run the
software on Windows (and many other foolish things ;).  The only issue
is whether such a port should bear the Debian trademark.  Since this
port is not currently operating under the Debian mantle, the Debian
trademark should not be used without official permission.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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