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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] In search of FSDG certification

From: Henry Jensen
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] In search of FSDG certification
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:56:13 +0100
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I think the name "FreeSlack" may be in conflict with the FSDG:

"We will not list a distribution whose name makes confusion with nonfree distributions likely. For example, if Foobar Light is a free distribution and Foobar is a nonfree distribution, we will not list Foobar Light. This is because we expect that the distinction between the two would be lost in the process of communicating the message.

In particular, the principal name of the free distribution (“Foobar”, in this example) should not be part of the name of any nonfree distribution."



Am 1. März 2016 22:42:01 MEZ, schrieb Ivan Zaigralin <address@hidden>:
Dear Linux-libreans :)

I am writing on behalf of the FreeSlack project, where I am one of the
lead maintainers, along with Matt Samudio. I am writing to this list on
the advice of Joshua Gay of the FSF licensing team.

On 03/01/2016 08:20 AM, Joshua Gay via RT wrote:
Yes, I think it sounds like it's worth taking a step in this direction.
The first thing I would do is join the GNU Linux-libre mailing lit if
you have not already done so and let them know about your project and
that would like their help in looking it over to make sure you meet all
of the GNU Free Distribution Guidelines (GFDG),

I will have an internal discussion with the FSF licensing team and a
very quick look at the project to make sure nothing obvious stands out.
The most important thing is a project making a stated commitment to the
GFDG and promising to remove any nonfree bugs when they get reported in
a timely manner.

These are indeed (some of) our commitments (we will amend our wiki to
say so explicitly), and our official description follows:

FreeSlack is a Free eXpansion Pack for Slackware. The project's
primary goals are to document all non-free software in Slackware
distribution, and to make it easy for users to maintain a fully free
OS based on Slackware.

Technically speaking, FreeSlack is a complete distribution and a
Slackware derivative, but we prefer to think of ourselves as a
shortcut to a free flavor of Slackware. We are not affiliated with
the Slackware project, have no developers in common, and share no
infrastructure. We use the term Slackware only in reference to the
stock OS distributed by Patrick Volkerding. One of our ambitions is
to become integrated within the existing Slackware community, and we
hope to achieve that by making the smallest possible changes needed
to deblob Slackware, while leaving all technical decisions up to the
Slackware team.

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We have a free DVD image which installs a deblobbed (free) derivative of
Slackware, with package manager configured to use our free repository,
so that the user is never compelled to obtain anything from the
Slackware servers.

[[ ]]

The source code for the project is described and linked to as well.

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So we would like to go ahead and see if anyone would like to help us out
through the certification process, and towards being officially
FSDG-compliant. Please let us know what you think.

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