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

I like it !
OK !

First thread :
I started to make debian more free
I made today wwwtable-compatibile program (freetable) so
one program less will be in non-free.
Does anyone want to try it ?
Its perl, 6kB, GPL, 90%-wwwtable-compatibile, and when it will be
able to embed one table into other we can package it and
have debian a little more free

To everyone:
Now I need some testers
If you use wwwtable, please contact me.

[this cc to -devel is due to this thread dont continue
 it when you will be talking about some other thread of this mail]

Second thread :
xearth will be probably 100%-free when author will have time to
apply my patches (he promised)

And the third thread :
we need a very good task list for our highest-quality-ever 100%-free distro
who wants to start it ?

On Fri, Dec 03, 1999 at 07:41:47AM -0500, Caspian wrote:
> 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.
> 								--Caspian
> 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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