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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [PATCH] gnu: Add ungoogled-chromium.

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [PATCH] gnu: Add ungoogled-chromium.
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 02:43:24 -0500

On Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:06:20 -0500 Julie wrote:
> So... the same thing as Linux.

yes, much the same situation as linux, but with the very important
difference, that we have people like the good folks at linux-libre who
are constantly watching linux for new undesirables entering it, and
those people are actively and routinely removing anything non-free - no
such thing is happening for web browsers - no one is even watching

On Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:06:20 -0500 Julie wrote:
> Are you saying, then, that we are specifically aware of proprietary
> software in ungoogled-chromium? Have stated what that proprietary
> software is?

i am saying that i am not aware of anyone making any such accusations
of non-free software being in that browser - but we are painfully aware
of the accusations against chromium, and it is sitting "on the table";
so we are very unfortunately compelled to address it - thats all

i am not personally wedded to any preference on *how* we should address
it; but we should address it

if ever someone raises the same concern with firefox, then we will be
compelled to address that, when or if that unfortunate day comes;
because that is exactly what the FSDG is for: to determine which
software is fit for free distribution, and which is not

On Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:06:20 -0500 Julie wrote:
> Why? Are you opposed to individual distros making their own individual
> decisions?

not all "decisions" - only the most crucial and obvious decisions like
this one, regarding exactly what is "free software" and what is not
"free software" - because if we can not agree on what is and is not
"free software", then the term "free software" is meaningless, and
hence a FSDG-free distro is a pointless distinction

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