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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense Wikipedia

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNewSense Wikipedia
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 16:55:25 +0930

On Mon, 18 May 2009 07:16:24 +0000
Eric Morey <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Sun, 2009-05-17 at 23:24 -0400, Nicodemo Alvaro wrote:
> > Graziano pointed out that the gNewSense Wikipedia page may have some
> > unwanted edits.
> > 
> > "It tries to maintain the user-friendliness but with most non-free
> > software and binary blobs removed"
> > 
> Are there any known binary blobs in the gNS kernel? I think it is
> misleading as currently written either way. 
> Possible rewrite: "It tries to maintain the user-friendliness while
> removing any known non-free parts as defined by the Free Software
> Foundation" 

I suspect if you look back at the page history (within the last dozen
or so edits iirc), it was written like this because someone requested
citation on a number of points, and no one supplised any.

> > "gNewSense takes a relatively strict stance against non-free
> > software."
> > 
> I don't see anything wrong with the use of "relatively" over "very". I
> actually prefer it.

mmm. But if its relative, whats it relative too?

> > There is a section called "Limitations", which may hint that
> > removing blobs for the sake of freedom is less satisfactory.
> > 
> It is clear that by using all free software and following the gNS
> community guidelines, one limits the functionality of software to
> certain hardware. In return, however, one gains more freedom over the
> hardware that will work with gNS. Some may find this an unsatisfactory
> trade. They are free to use other hardware to the extent that the
> manufacturer(s) will permit.  

Limitations has a negative connotation, but i think its the right word
for that section too.

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian user / gNewSense contributor
No, I won't join your social networking group

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