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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Emulators

From: Graziano
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Emulators
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:31:10 +0100
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On Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:35:19 -0800 (PST), "Jason Self" <address@hidden> wrote:
Sam Geeraerts <address@hidden> wrote ...

part of the packages itself also seems non-free (2xSaImmx.asm license)

The non-commercial clause certainly makes it non-free. "A free
program must be
available for commercial use, commercial development, and commercial
distribution." [1]


2xSaImmx.asm is a file contained in VisualBoy Advance, an emulator for the Nintendo Gameboy and Gameboy Advance game consoles.

The file, as other people said, is not free software:

and so I think it should be removed from gNewSense, if present and addeed to the Blacklist Software LibrePlanet Page.

Every emulator needs games ROMs to play. A game ROM is a dump of the game that was inside a cabinet card or a console cartridge.

From a legal point of view you can download those ROMs only if you have the original game but it remains a non free game.

I don't know if there are free software ROMs out there but I never heard of them.

The point is I always heard rms talking about banning a program if it *suggests* the use of non free software such as firefox proposing to install Adobe Flash or linking a non free addon page.

It doesn't seem the case here but I may be wrong.

Graziano Sorbaioli
Founder, LibrePlanet Italia

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