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Re: [directory-discuss] Game plan for 'bait and surrender' and 'freedom

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [directory-discuss] Game plan for 'bait and surrender' and 'freedom betrayed' packages in the directory
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:11:03 -0500

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  > Warning: Ambiguous name. "MySQL Community Edition" is useful free
  > software, which you can download from the links provided here. Do not
  > confuse it with "MySQL Enterprise Edition" and other proprietary
  > software with "MySQL" in the name.

"Ambiguous" is not correct for this case.  "MySQL Community Edition"
and "MySQL Enterprise Edition" do state the difference clearly;
neither name is ambiguous.

The similarity of the names can lead to confusion, in that people
may forget about the difference and confuse the two versions.
But "confusable" and "ambiguous" are not synonymous.

We should not use the word "ambiguous" to describe this sort of case.

  > addition the title of the FSD entry would be the unambiguous
  > "MySQL Community Edition".


And "MySQL Enterprise Edition" won't be listed in the FSD at all,
except the way proprietary programs are listed -- to recommend
free substitutes for them.

The only other thing we need, for a case like this, is to add text such as

    Watch out -- some other programs named "MySQL" are nonfree.
    Before you use a program named "MySQL something", check carefully.

Dr Richard Stallman
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