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Re: The Affero license

On Fri, Mar 07, 2003 at 04:56:12PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> That's not the argument that I understand Debian has for Free Software. 

Careful, I'm not sure "Debian" *has* an argument for Free Software.
It's kind of an axiomatic principle for us.  :)

> As I understand Debian's position, Free Software isn't about
> commodotizing technology, but about allowing users the freedom to alter
> and share the software they use.  If I'm wrong, and these aren't
> Debian's principles, then we first need to figure out what Debian's
> principles are.  But nobody argued when Brandon proposed that the FSF's
> Four Freedoms be the "constitution" of license interpretation, and the
> four freedoms arne't about "outsourcing R&D costs."

I'm not sure these points are really in tension.  Economies behave in
certain ways as a result of the underlying organizational and social
principles.  I am not sure that the routine "outsourcing of R&D costs"
and "commodization of [software] technology" aren't simply the natural,
"logical" phenomena that result in the Free Software marketplace.

G. Branden Robinson                |     Suffer before God and ye shall be
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     redeemed.  God loves us, so He
branden@debian.org                 |     makes us suffer Christianity.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Aaron Dunsmore

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