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Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge

Francesco Paolo Lovergine writes:

> On Fri, Apr 30, 2004 at 11:06:35PM -0400, Michael Poole wrote:
>> To adapt an analogy that someone used earlier, when you go to a store,
>> you might find fonts, images, or other data in a box in the software
>> section.  However, you are not likely to find a specification for
>> TCP/IP in the software section, and you are not likely to find a print
>> of Starry Night in the software section either.
> Ah that's an interesting point. TCP/IP is a standard, so it's non free...
> Maybe all implementation of that should go in contrib so, because
> they 'depend' on a piece of 'something' which is not free. So, we
> have to move the whole kernel there, and oh sure, libc too...
> Probably someone should clarify me better what's 'depending' means,
> why a document which define a standard is non-free but
> a program based on that standard is not in contrib? Who wrote that
> program did read the standard and use it to write the program.
> So, the program indeed _depends_ on that standard. And the standard IS
> the document which describe it. So there's a direct dependency.
> And POSIX? Mmmm...

Please read http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/straw-man.html
and respond to _what I wrote_ rather than some bizarre distortion
thereof.  You have successfully argued against a position that nobody
seems to hold.  Congratulations.


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