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Re: [directory-discuss] 'Bait and surrender'

From: Svetlana Tkachenko
Subject: Re: [directory-discuss] 'Bait and surrender'
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:15:00 +1100

Hi all,

J.B. Nicholson wrote:
> Svetlana Tkachenko wrote:
> > I appreciate this question being brought up. While I see how certain
> > labels are subjective as RMS pointed out, the FSF directory is linked to
> > from free distributions; _for our free distributions to continue to
> > qualify as free, the FSF directory should not have any gateways to
> > proprietary at all_ in any form whatsoever.
> Wouldn't implementing this mean prohibiting some free software from 
> appearing in this free software directory?

In my opinion, yes, it would. However, if that free software code or
documentation is modified, it may start to qualify.
J.B. Nicholson wrote:
> With regard to programs that have a less capable free variant and a more 
> capable non-free variant, it seems to me that there's a difference
> between 
> running, sharing, and improving the free variant while eschewing the 
> non-free variant. Should one want to, one could improve the free variant
> to 
> the point where it satisfies needs as well as the proprietary variant.

This is correct, but often needs substantial amount of effort.


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