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Re: Proposal: The DFSG do not require source code for data, including firmware

On Wed, 23 Aug 2006 06:08:08 -0600, Matthew Wilcox <matthew@wil.cx> said: 

> Manoj wrote:
>> Actually, I disagree, and, even worse, so does the common
>> definition of the phrase computer program: asking google about
>> define: computer program gives: ,---- | * A computer program is a
>> set of statements or instructions to be | used directly or
>> indirectly in a computer in order to bring | about a certain
>> result.
>> |
>> www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/matters/matters-9710.html

> But Debian has a tradition of ignoring the common definition of
> phrases.  Have you tried asking google to define software, for
> example?

        Yes. There the answer is not so clear cut: I get
# Programs, procedures, rules, and any associated documentation
# pertaining to the operation of a system. Contrast with hardware
# (page ***). 
# Generally, programs loaded into a computer from external mass
# storage but also extended to include operating systems and
# documentation. 

as well as:

# Coded instructions (programs) that make a computer do useful work.
# The programs that tell the computer what to do.

        So, there is clearly a lack of uniform consensus there; and
 when it was brought to our notice, we used an editorial change to the
 foundation documents to disambiguate; why are we not doing the same

I don't wanna argue, and I don't wanna fight, But there will
definitely be a party tonight...
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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