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Re: [Fedora-legal-list] Fedora not "free" enough for GNU?



Michel Salim wrote:
I was just over at gnu.org to download the anniversary video recorded
by Stephen Fry, and while I was there decided to take a look at what
systems they recommend as being free.

They list BLAG, which is based on Fedora. But Fedora itself (and
Debian) is not there!

http://www.gnu.org/links/links.html#FreeGNULinuxDistributions

This struck me as rather strange, especially considering their
guidelines are actually based on Fedora's (and we are thanked for it):
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-system-distribution-guidelines.html

As far as I remember, Rahul Sundaram was talking to the GNU / FSF
people about this quite a while back. Is it just the difference over
binary-only firmware that's consigning us to the "non-free" heap?

Basically, yes. I posted the last status on

http://lwn.net/Articles/282771/

David Woodhouse initiated a effort to remove firmware into a separate archive. While that work is still in progress, you can see that kernel-firmware is a separate package in rawhide already. While there are other advantages, it allows people who don't want such firmware packages installed for philosophical reasons to easily remove them. A separate spin is easier now as well.

Rahul


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