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Re: [DRAFT] resolving DFSG violations

William Pitcock <nenolod@sacredspiral.co.uk> writes:

> On Wed, 2008-10-29 at 22:52 -0700, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
>> But regardless, Debian has promised that Debian is only free software.
> Then why does Debian have non-free? Is that not part of Debian?

One way to resolve this dilemma is to realize that 'Debian' can refer to
two things: the project and the distribution.

Debian the operating system is free software since non-free/contrib is
not part of Debian (== main).

Debian the project is not (strictly) a free software project since it
contains and supports the non-free part.

Thus, a reasonable position for a free software supporter may be to
support the Debian operating system but not support the Debian project.


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