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Re: license requirements for a book to be in free section

On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 10:15:34AM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> > > At the Q&A following his lecture in Chicago on Halloween, 2001, RMS
> > > mentioned a problem he had just found out about at the time--Debian's
> > > different (I believe RMS used the term "weaker" which may be more
> > > appropriate) standard of free software compelled the FSF to make their own
> > > version of -something-.
> > Yes, it is a serious problem for the FSF.
> It would be interesting to know what the exact problem in case is. It
> is well known the RMS does not sympathize with the existence of the
> non-free and contrib parts of the archive - but this has been well
> known indeed for several years now, and cannot be the thing that,
> supposedly, just suddenly turned up during last fall.

Upon re-reading your mail I don't feel I exactly answered your question,
although I hope you find my reply an interesting read anyway.  One thing RMS
thought for some time was that the Debian GNU/Hurd is independant from
Debian GNU/Linux in its choice of packages and policy.  Our infrastructure
doesn't even give us the option for that (otherwise we could at least kick
out that obnoxious makedev_all.deb ;)


`Rhubarb is no Egyptian god.' Debian http://www.debian.org brinkmd@debian.org
Marcus Brinkmann              GNU    http://www.gnu.org    marcus@gnu.org

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