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Re: firmware is just data. we need to decide our rules for data.

On Thu, Apr 15, 2004 at 12:48:24PM +0200, Erich Schubert wrote:
> "As free as it would be useful for us", IMHO.

That's a horrible way to define freedom. Having an operating
preinstalled on your hard disk is useful, too, because you don't have to
waste any time configuring your computer and any hardware in it. That
doesn't mean you would define Windows as Free Software, does it?

> If nobody has the source any more, this is a free as it can get.

Yes, but that does in no way mean "it is free". If there would be a law
that would say you're not allowed travel outside the city where you
live, then moving from one edge to the city to the other is as free as
you can get, but that wouldn't mean you would be free to move around,
would it?

We have a clear definition of what "Free Software" means to us; it's
called the "DFSG". Let's not abandon that important definition for the
practical annoyance of the day, no matter how much troubles it causes

     smog  |   bricks
 AIR  --  mud  -- FIRE
soda water |   tequila
 -- with thanks to fortune

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