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Re: org.omg link on Classpath homepage

From: Stuart Ballard
Subject: Re: org.omg link on Classpath homepage
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 09:45:16 -0400
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Andrew Haley wrote:
FSF pages don't link to unfree software projects.  It seems that OMG
is not be an unfree software project, because "Implementations of the
OMG specifications - such as Object Request Brokers, IDL compilers,
and UML-based modeling tools - are not produced by OMG. They are,
instead, produced by software vendors or suppliers..."

But the link is provided specifically to get some software that *is* produced by the OMG, and is non-free.

I see three distinct issues here:

1) The link doesn't actually take you to a place where you can get the software in question, so it's pretty useless as a link anyway.

2) The link is in a section labelled "providers for free core packages", but the software in question is not free. You could argue that "free" in this context means zero-cost, but on a GNU project such usage is at best VERY ambiguous and at worst outright misleading.

3) GNU projects aren't supposed to link to non-free software, so the link shouldn't exist in the first place. A link to OMG *could* be legitimate, if it was in the context of "the people who define the CORBA specification, including the org.omg packages". But even though the OMG is not in itself a non-free software project, I can't see how "go to the OMG to get this software", when the software in question is non-free, is not a link to non-free software.

To fix 3, the link must be removed entirely. If for some reason 3 doesn't need to be fixed (eg I'm misinterpreting GNU project policy), at least 1 and 2 should be.


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