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Re: [gNewSense-users] firefox in search of a solution revisited [long ma

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] firefox in search of a solution revisited [long mail]
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 09:25:52 +1030
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jeff wrote:
Brian Brazil wrote:

As it stands, my preferred solutions:
1. recompile firefox, leave it as firefox with the packaging changed,
but not the source (are we allowed do this?)
2. recompile firefox. Rename.
3. Remove firefox. Recompile all dependant packages to use something else.
4. Remove firefox. Replace with IceWeasel

I do consider firefox as-is in gNewSense to be free software, however
the obvious references to non-free stuff is a concern that we should
do something about.

mk_add_options BUILD_OFFICIAL=0
mk_add_options MOZILLA_OFFICIAL=0

according to this [1] config generator for mozilla, there is a switch to use 'your branding' rather then generic stuff (ie Bon Echo).

--with-branding=              Use branding from the specified directory.
--with-distribution-id= Set distribution-specific id (default=org.mozilla)

how you use the branding dir. i don't know (i haven't worked that out)


This gives you a firefox stripped of trademarks (renames it Deer Park or Bon Echo). Then rebuild firefox. When a new release comes out (e.g. to, rebuild it again, optionally snagging debian/ubuntu patches when they appear.

Firefox may be Free Software, but the use of their trademark is not (as I'm beginning to understand the picture more & more). I believe those build options above yank everything they require you to yank. You can still distribute the source package fine (as I understand it).

I believe RMS concurs on that: "Images and sounds need to be free if they are essential parts of the software. But if they are just decoration, and easily replaced, then they do not have to be free.

Thus, images containing logos are acceptable, as long as it is easy to
remove them without damaging the software itself." [1]



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