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Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL

I think that this is an idea whose time has really come-- to make a 100%
(TOTALLY) free distro _as good as the commercial/proprietaryish ones for
"end users"_ and suitable for heavy use by true geeks as well. This is a
project that I've wished to get involved in for quite some time now, and I
have numerous ideas as to how it could be implemented.

If anyone else is interested in doing such a thing-- probably deriving it
from potato, once potato freezes (of course, work could be done on
individual components -before- potato freezes)-- let me know. I can set up
a mailing list or a Web discussion forum, and people can be gathered to
plan the dist.


On Thu, 2 Dec 1999, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 02, 1999 at 09:41:30AM -0500, Caspian wrote:
> > On Wed, 1 Dec 1999, Bruce Perens wrote:
> > As much as anything with "commercial" in the name makes me feel saddened
> > just to talk about it, something like this clearly needs to be done. Yes.
> > This is definitely a good idea. Much as I sometimes wish to lash out at
> > the proprietary world by making a license even stricter than the GPL, I
> > know that I'd have to go such a route alone. Besides that, it might be
> > overreacting...
> > 
> > Perhaps efforts could be made to provide free alternates for all (or at
> > least MOST) non-free packages... i.e. Mozilla for Netscape, my proposed
> > PiClone/PINE-Clone for pico/PINE, yatadayatadayatada... and of course if
> > it had a EULA, it wouldn't restrict the OS to "adults" only, nor would it
> > make misleading statements about what copyrights "protect" about the
> > dist... :)
> The highest priority task I see now is a web-browser deserving its name.
> This is neither non-free Netscape nor almost-free Mozilla,
> nor free Lynx, w3m, gzilla nor express
> It SHOULD NOT try to be free Netscape
> It SHOULD try to be free MSIE
> Because we should respect all good soft, no matter of their origin.
> Also having text-mode browser with capability of scanning many pages
> at a time a very big advantagement.                
> The most commonly included non-free soft in Linux is Netscape.
> Then 100%-free povray and at least my computer will be free.

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