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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] GNU Buck as incentive for helping to find nonfree
Matias A. Fonzo
Re: [GNU-linux-libre] GNU Buck as incentive for helping to find nonfree programs
Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:30:14 -0300
On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:51:06 -0400
John Sullivan <address@hidden> wrote:
> (Sending this on behalf of Brett Smith, please send any off-list info or
> questions to address@hidden)
> Ever since we published the guidelines for what it takes to be a free
> system distribution
> we've been thinking about how we can better deal with the issue of
> nonfree software that is accidentally included in these distributions.
> We're confident that the policy requirements that we currently have,
> expecting distros to dedicate themselves to removing any nonfree
> software that's discovered, are the right ones. But we've been looking
> for practical ways to be more proactive about addressing those sorts
> of problems -- steps that are within our means and the means of
> distribution maintainers like you. And we've come up with a new
> program that we think will do a good job of striking that balance.
> We're calling it the GNU Bucks program. If you're familiar with the
> rewards that Donald Knuth gives out for finding errors in his texts,
> this works similarly. We will ask people to send complete, detailed
> bug reports to the appropriate distros, and copy us. If the bug report
> leads to nonfree software being removed, they'll receive a special
> "GNU Buck" signed by RMS, along with public recognition on a web page
> if they like.
> When that happens, we'll also spread word to other endorsed distros,
> through the gnu-linux-libre mailing list, to make sure they can
> address the issue too. That way, we'll get as much benefit from this
> work as possible.
> In order to implement this program, can you please let us know how you
> would like to receive these bug reports? Any reasonable method is fine
> -- e-mail, bug tracker, RT, you get the idea. We'll collect all that
> information for all the endorsed distros and publish it on the GNU
> Bucks site -- we want to make sure that you can deal with these
> reports as easily as possible. And of course, if you have any
> questions about the program, feel free to ask me at address@hidden
I don't have a bug tracker for Dragora. I prefer the bugs-reports via email.
Matias A. Fonzo <address@hidden>