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Re: Debian Lover from Thailand

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 03:12:07PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> 3. Debian does not go quite as far as Stallman would go in such areas as
>    removing drivers and binary blobs from the kernel, removing trademarked
>    images, and some similar issues.  (Amusingly, Debian also goes much
>    farther than Stallman would go in ensuring that all the documentation
>    in Debian is free; Stallman and the FSF distribute and maintain
>    non-free documentation for some of their free software by Debian's
>    definitions.)

This is a little misleading. Debian holds a different position on what freedom
means in respect to software documentation. To claim that this makes Debian
more free presumes agreement with that position.

> but I also think it's possible to overstate the effect of minor differences
> and work that's not yet happened and miss the big picture.  Debian and the
> FSF, apart from the documentation freeness issue, agree in 99% of the cases.

Agreed. From my understanding, the reason the FSF/GNU does not recommend Debian
because doing so would be seen as an implicit endorsement of the non-free
software which is an understandable position to take.

Noah Slater <http://bytesexual.org/>

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