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Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge

On Fri, Apr 30, 2004 at 03:33:14AM +0200, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> Michael Poole wrote:
> > soft·ware, n. : The programs, routines, and symbolic languages that
> >   control the functioning of the hardware and direct its operation.
> > 
> > (From dictionary.com; WordNet 1.6 includes "associated documentation",
> > but FOLDOC and others do not, and outside of Debian I have not seen
> > "software" used to include documentation or non-program bits.)
> FWIW, I never have seen this restricted use of "software" somewhere
> outside of Debian. Probably that's because I'm living in Germany,
> and the word has a different meaning here (It's used as the
> complement to hardware).

I think your definition is silly. Take documentation for example, which
may exist in both electronic and paper forms (among others). Do both of
these constitute "software"? Neither are hardware. Do you think this
makes sense?

What about my kitchen sink? It isn't computer hardware either.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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