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Re: Ethics/morals issue

Thank you very much.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated

On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:38 PM, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
Hi Gary,

On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 02:33:40PM -0500, Gary Wilson wrote:
> Good day - We have a son taking Computer Science at Ryerson University in
> Toronto Canada. He is very religious and is concerned that using your
> software without reading, in detail all of your license agreements
> including the entire list for both free and non-free suppliers.  This is
> jeopardizing his study.  Can you help by clarifying your
> requirements/understanding of who needs to read what.
> I realize this is probably a very unusual query but it is causing our
> family significant turmoil.  Any help will be sincerely appreciated.  Thanks

All software included in Debian (that is, in the Debian "main" repository)
is freely usable without restriction.  There should be no need for your son
to read any licenses before using Debian.

In addition, all software in Debian is modifiable and redistributable under
a license that meets the requirements laid out at
<http://www.debian.org/social_contract>.  It's advisable to read the
specific license terms of the individual software components before
modifying them.

Software in non-free, which is not enabled by default in Debian, may have
restrictions on use.  It is recommended to read the specific license terms
of non-free software you install prior to use.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

Regards.  Gary

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