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[DS-discuss] Re: debian and rms

From: Ramanan Selvaratnam
Subject: [DS-discuss] Re: debian and rms
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 03:52:32 +0100
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Rahul Sundaram wrote:


'RMS provided us with this update on GNU/LinEx: /The
developers told me that GNU/LinEx included only free software, but after this interview was published various people have checked it and found non-free programs in it. I therefore cannot recommend GNU/LinEx at present. I hope that this problem will be corrected./'

the footnote makes it even worse. now there is not a
single distro he can recommend to anyone.
yep. not single stable distro AFAIK.

i have seen
people moving into debian because they want to be more
associated with ' free software' even when it doesnt
make sense at all.

there was issues in the interview that rms didnt
correct up later.
1) rms mentioned that gnu doesnt link with debian
because of non free software descriptions in debian. a
quick search found that it was not true.

lists the output of search by the description 'java' in
distibution: stable;  section:non-free

2) rms didnt bother to mention that debian is as
paranoid about non free software a much as rms and
goes to the extension of clearly segregating between
them and has 'vrms' package would check for the
existance of non free software in the system. This is
as far as things can get for now

lets take up this scenario

I couldnt get good enough replacements for java, flash
and shockwave stuff on the net. I wouldnt mind

for both flash and shockwave there are binaries to download and installation instructions on the web.
Search through [].

installing a flash player plugin for my aunt if she
wants to send a e greeting to her cousin in Linux. I
wouldnt do it personally though. I would send a
personal email instead :-). i cant really talk about
freedom with souce code to my aunt can i?

I am constantly surprised by the varied variety of fans of the principals behind free software.
Have you discussed the underlying issues with her?

Best regards,

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