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Re: [gNewSense-users] Is Fedora 100% free software? If so, how does it

From: jeff
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Is Fedora 100% free software? If so, how does it differ from gNewSense?
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 18:41:15 -0300
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J.B. Nicholson-Owens wrote:
jeff wrote:
You actually have to do the research though, not just speculate...

I hope that you are not saying this antagonistically, are you?

No, not in any way at all. I just mean it more along the lines of people always saying that it's non-free ala ubuntu or SUSE or something, when they actually really are putting together a damn free distro. The only exception here appears to be blobs in the source code of the kernel they are distributing (from what I've been able to surmise).

If Fedora wants to convince people that software freedom is their main pursuit, then Fedora should say as much by name rather than promote the more permissive open source philosophy (which they apparently are happy to name by name). I see this as a difference between gNewSense and Fedora.

Yes, the language details aren't lost on me. They do use "Open Source" quite a bit, but "FOSS" is used as well. Anyway, I'm not here to promote fedora. The thread just got started because fedora was lumped in with ubuntu as a non-free distro... :)


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