(OT) FSF involvement
youcanlinux at gmail.com
Fri May 6 16:12:39 CEST 2016
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On 05/06/2016 09:57 AM, flapflap wrote:
>> Peter Lebbing:
>>> On 05/05/16 17:17, Werner Koch wrote:
>>>> Well, this is not an FSF sponsored list. I never received
>>>> any money or other resources from the FSF.
>>> gnu.org lists GnuPG as a "GNU package", a part of the GNU
>>> Project. I kinda assumed that that would imply some form of
>>> involvement of the FSF in GnuPG... be that infrastructure or
>>> other support or whatnot...
>> I might be wrong, but I thought that the "Thou Shalt Not
>> Advocate Proprietary Software" rule is because of the rules for
>> GNU Projects -- not because of the FSF. They are two different
>> organisations for different purposes. Previously, I believed to
>> have read these rules in the "Information for Maintainers of GNU
>> Software"  but could not find it any more.
> I found it, finally, in the guidelines for becoming/submitting a
> GNU package :
> "A GNU program should not recommend use of any non-free program,
> and it should not refer the user to any non-free documentation for
> free software."
> "Since a GNU program is released under the auspices of GNU, it
> should not say anything that contradicts the GNU Project's views."
> IMHO, these are valid positions for a GNU Project. Non-free
> software is unjust, and thus, should not be recommended (including
> advertisement) -- unless a much higher good (e.g., life and limb
> after a catastrophe) than software freedom is in danger.
> As others have said earlier in this thread, it's fine to discuss
> non-free software by the above rules, but advertisement is not
>  https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html
I think you're onto something. I think people who care about
open-source/libre software should carefully consider how they mention
proprietary and/or non-free/non-libre software. I feel people can
discuss almost anything if handled in a thoughtful, respectful manner.
Maybe GNU people would consider touching on this topic at
or some such page?
At the same time, I wouldn't want a "Chilling effect" 
 Dr.Ian Goldberg
Battling Internet censorship and surveillance
Privacy Enhancing Technologies for the Internet
Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) Research Group
University Research Talk
18 February 2016
University of Waterloo
youcanlinux at gmail.com
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