taw at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Jun 30 15:37:24 UTC 2001
On Sat, Jun 30, 2001 at 09:54:28AM -0600, Richard Stallman wrote:
> The issues that we want to compare are:
> * Does the Internet distribution include non-free software. If so, how much?
> * Does the distributor distribute any CDs that are 100% free software?
> * If non-free software is included, is it labeled clearly as non-free?
> * Does the distributor express any regrets for the inclusion
> of non-free software?
> * Does the distributor develop software? If so, how much free
> software development does it do, and what kind of software? And does
> it develop any non-free software? Any non-free software that goes in
> the distribution?
It's difficult to apply these tests to Debian.
They include non-free but say that "it's not part of Debian".
Debian developers develop free software mostly privately,
not inside Debian. (with the exception of Debian-specific software like
dpkg or apt). So you don't know how much free software they develop,
as it's not signed as made by Debian project, but as made by individual
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