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Re: [all candidates] Return to the desert island (cont.)

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:39:29PM +0100, Jérémy Bobbio wrote:
> 3. One test I've been taught to use to reason about free software is the
>    Desert Island test [2] which starts by:

>      Imagine a castaway on a desert island with a solar-powered
>      computer.

>   Obviously, software that are only frontends to unreproducible “cloud”
>   services do not pass the desert island test.

This is a mischaracterization of the "Desert Island test" as it was
formulated on debian-legal.  The Desert Island test is about whether a user
can *comply with the license* of the software on a desert island when they
have no contact with the outside world.  That the software may not be
*useful* to them on a desert island is a separate question, and applies to
many sorts of software, not just those used for connecting to particular
services over the Internet.

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

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