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

From: Donald Robertson
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [PATCH] gnu: Add ungoogled-chromium.
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:53:16 -0500
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On 2/17/19 9:06 AM, Julie Marchant wrote:
>> most importantly, i personally dont care to argue for nor against
>> chromium - i just want all FSDG distros to agree on how it should be
>> treated, regardless of what that entails
> Why? Are you opposed to individual distros making their own individual
> decisions?

Distros have to make decisions all the time about what software to
include, and we don't want to interfere with that. The system as it is
set up is such that the distros promise to respond to reports of freedom
issues and fix them when the report is valid.

We can obviously all work together to tag issues (as we've done here
But as noted before, some items on that list might not be up to date,
and obviously if someone has taken the time to address the issues then
we need to see about updating to reflect new possible fixes. Updating
that list involves discussion here on the mailing list and likely
approval from RMS as well.

Something being on the list isn't an automatic ban for a distro wanting
to include it. You can view it as an initial nonfree report that needs
to be addressed.

But if at the end of the day, something is determined to not meet the
guidelines, then that will have to be removed, or the distro can't
maintain it's promise. So no endorsed distros will be able to make a
different decision, though obviously as members of the list they are
involved in making that determination.

Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation
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