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Re: Against DRM 2.0

On 5/26/06, Raul Miller <moth.debian@gmail.com> wrote:
Some people think that only machine opcodes are software, and
that data in other formats are not.  The argument, here, is that if
it's not an opcode for the currently running machine, it's not a
machine instruction, and if it's not a machine instruction, it's not
a program, and if it's not a program it's not software.

On the other hand, "instruction" could be thought of as "instruction
to display a certain arrangement of pixels", or "instruction to play
some sound", or whatever else.  Unless you are focused on a
specific task, "instruction" doesn't exclude much of anything (except,
perhaps, garbage).

Everything that consists of 0s and 1s, human-readable,
machine-readable or otherwise, is software. Max, no matter what you
say, that won't change because that is a fact. If a computer can use
it in any way at all, Debian calls it software.

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