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Fwd: [PubSoft] Re: Debian and Commercial SW

What about it?
I think we should consider it... because there is no "fight" between
Debian and Commercial software... and Commercial is not Proprietary....

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Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 21:31:36 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Robert J. Chassell" <bob@rattlesnake.com>
Subject: [PubSoft] Re: Debian and Commercial SW
To: Stefan Probst <stefan.probst@opticom.v-nam.net>
Cc: pubsoft@isoc.org
Reply-To: pubsoft@isoc.org


   Incredible amounts of software
   Debian comes with over 8710 different pieces of software. Every bit of it 
   is free. If you have commercial software that runs under Linux, you can 
   still use it - in fact, there may even be an installer in Debian that will 
   automatically install and set up everything for you.

   This sounds on first reading like Free Software is something different from 
   "Commercial Software".

   I am here in Vietnam constantly fighting against the false polarisation 
   "Free SW vs. Commercial SW" ....

   Maybe the Debians should change their wording?

Yes -- they should.  If you can misunderstand that `commercial' means
the free as well as restricted software sold by companies such as IBM
or HP, then others will misunderstand as well.  Please help them fix
this bug!

    Robert J. Chassell                         Rattlesnake Enterprises
    http://www.rattlesnake.com                  GnuPG Key ID: 004B4AC8
    http://www.teak.cc                                     bob@gnu.org
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