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> >> feel that the FSF does not currently represent my view on software

> > Which is what the whole issue is about. FSF says `documentation is not
> > software'. Debian says `whatever we carry in our CDs is software'.

On Fri, May 07, 2004 at 11:57:30AM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> In a nutshell, ignoring the wording problems and so on, this is the 
> largest difference. Debian seems to follow the meaning of the word 
> "software" as used by Tukey, while FSF are using the modern mass 
> media's "software" (= "programs").

And note that some people think that software is a more general term
than programs (which itself is a more general term than "source code"),
and who also think the DFSG requires more careful handling of programs
than of software.

In the case of documentation -- it is reasonable to think that
documentation is not always software (in the general case, when it's
printed on paper, I have no reason to think it's software).  But that's
a matter of form, not purpose.


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