Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
Michael Poole wrote:
> Consider, though: Who is helped when one demands that Debian provide
> source code but all the tools to process it are non-free?
Wasn't that what 'contrib' was invented for? Some people seem to think that
they have more ability to alter things in 'contrib' than in 'non-free'. New
tools can be and are created.
> Who is
> helped when there is no public specification?
Helped by what? Clearly the lack of a public specification is a problem,
which should be rectified by the creation of public specifications.
However, having source for firmware which runs on unspecced hardware, and
being allowed to modify it, is a great help to those reverse-engineering
the spec, as well as those fixing bugs in it. Is that the sort of example
you're thinking of? Or did you mean something completely different?
There are none so blind as those who will not see.