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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Criteria for Android applications

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Criteria for Android applications
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 12:26:32 -0400

the "maven" question illuminates an important distinction
between the FSDG and the FSD - i think that the answer would be
different for each - for one thing, the FSDG criteria is far more
extensive - i dont believe that any FSD criteria relates to
foreign repositories where other non-free software may be found
in proximity

the FSD is not an "app store", where to download and install
binaries - the FSD should only list software for which source
code is available, and always present the source code - it
should not have any concern for binaries, who compiled them,
nor from which repos they can be retrieved, nor if any such repos

distros, other other hand, generally compile and distribute
binaries, so issues such as "who compiled it?" and "who signed
it?" are relevant, where they ae not relevant on the FSD

in other words, with the FSDG, the burden of ensuring that the
software compiles and is useful on a 100% libre system (all
sources are available, dependencies are satisfiable, etc) is
upon the distro maintainers - whereas with the FSD, only the
upstream code is under scrutiny, and probably only it's
licensing - i dont know that the FSD reviewers are responsible
for verifying that the software can actually be
compiled/installed in freedom, only that it does _something_
categorical to justify inclusion in the directory

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