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Re: LCC and blobs

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 14:52:56 -0800, Brian Nelson <pyro@debian.org> said: 

> Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org> writes:
>> On Fri, Dec 17, 2004 at 11:07:31AM -0800, Brian Nelson wrote:
>>> No, a definition of "software" was never decided upon.  The vote
>>> was about removing the word "software" in certain places from the
>>> DFSG, regardless of its definition.
>> However, the S in DFSG means "software"; the SC was adjusted to say
>> that everything in Debian is judged by the DFSG, but the DFSG was
>> not renamed (for example, to mean "Debian Free Stuff Guidelines").
>> This means, to me, that everything in Debian is Software.

> I'd say it's just there by legacy.

>> It's a moot issue, anyway; any time the dictionary lawyers nitpick
>> "software", the real point is probably long lost, anyway ... :)

> Sure, how bout this:

> It seems to me that if you're saying everything in Debian is
> software, then your definition of software must be something
> equivalent to "information stored in a way that can be read by a
> machine".

	No. Information encoded electronically, in 0's and 1,

	Things related to computers are either software, hardware, or

> In that case, you'd certainly agree that the information
> stored on a punch card is software.

	Umm, no. Nor is stuff on a printed page that can be scanned
 using OCR. The card is physical, I can feel it, make holes in it, and
 it is hardware.

	When read by a card reader (or when a page is scanned in), it
 gets an electronic representation in the machine, and then is software.

	Since thge rest of your post proceeds from this false premise,
 I am eliding it.

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