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Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: free is not sufficient

From: Peter Garrett
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Re: free is not sufficient
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 19:38:45 +1100

On Tue, 14 Nov 2006 22:52:30 -0900
Anthony Patarini <address@hidden> wrote:

> My personal 
> ideal situation is one in which gNewSense provides absolutely no 
> non-free software by default, and does not link to or advocate the use 
> of non-free software, but does not waste the effort to remove components 
> that are Free in and of themselves.

I think I agree with this position. I think it's going too far to remove
even the possibility of users choosing anything non-free. In any case,
those who choose to install gNewSense would do so *because* they are
already aware of the freedom issues, so haranguing them, or refusing to
allow them to decide for themselves is kind of insulting, I suggest.

> > removing anything that interacts with non-free isnt functional... 
> > unless we dont need openoffice :)
> > kk
> I don't get your meaning, sorry. :(

Well, Open allows the use of non-free Microsoft Office
formats, for a start: - but the software that does that is, in itself,
"free", just as Samba allows interaction with MS networking "protocols",
but is Free Software.


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