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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] reply FSF

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] reply FSF
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:41:59 -0400

i suppose the question is whether there is indeed an issue that
is unresolved

* are there links on the freenix website that lead users to the
  slackware website?

* if yes, does the slackware website contain
  recommendations or instructions for using non-free software?

* if yes, is that a FSDG problem?

i dont know the answer to any of those questions myself; but if
this were still up for community discussion, i would note that
when parabola was created, it had the similar stated goal to
stay as close to arch as possible

the original parabola devs took the time to copy the most
important documentation from the arch wiki onto the parabola
wiki, some edited for FSDG-compliance, some not edited -
presumably that was in order to avoid directing users to the arch
wiki for any reason, because the arch wiki contains instructions
and recommendation for using non-free software

i am not certain if that was strictly required for them to do so
though - perhaps there is a subtle issue to clarify on this list
- namely, whether the documentation must avoid external links
that lead websites that are known to contain recommendations,
that could be construed as indirect recommendations - perhaps
there already is a consensus on that concern - i am not sure

if that is a DSFG problem, the simple solution would be to remove
any links to slackware documentation - even if that leaves the
freenix documentation incomplete, complete documentation is not a
criteria for endorsement

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