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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] DSFG in perpetuity

From: Donald Robertson
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] DSFG in perpetuity
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:08:48 -0400
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On 03/26/2018 04:41 PM, bill-auger wrote:
> On 03/26/2018 03:27 PM, Donald Robertson wrote:
>> and at this point we at the FSF need to bring some guidance.
> there has been a healthy flurry of activity on this list recently and i
> think the will exists to forgot about any friction in the past and move
> forward - but i must firmly say that "guidance" is too weak of a word
> for what the FSF needs to do to in order to smooth over the past
> wrinkles - as i understand, tensions have gotten high in the past and
> many are still not at ease - there are at least 2 issues that the
> community has argued over for years that only the FSF should decide
> definitively - namely:
> * are the debian kernel blob error log messages acceptable or are they
> unacceptable? *regardless of the distro*
> * what to do about chromium - now i think it is finally removed from all
> FSDG distros - should we just let that dog lie? - i am happy to tell
> users "forget it - she is a lost cause" (that probably is the case for
> 'electron') - but i was told that RMS was interested in doing something
> about it - so maybe the answer should be "not now - but maybe someday" -
> even that distinction would make a difference - i happen to know we have
> the co-operation of qt5-webengine - if only that library could be deemed
> acceptable, it would have the greatest impact
> i do think it is imperative that the FSF makes a final decision on these
> two issues and apply them equally to all distros - these should not be
> left to the subjectivity of each distro - either they are acceptable for
> all or they are unacceptable for all - to leave these to the subjective
> determinations of each distro is a great source of friction amoung them

Yes, I apologize if 'guidance' wasn't clear, I meant that we're going to
make a decision and share that with the list.
Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone +1-617-542-5942
Fax +1-617-542-2652 ex. 56

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