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Re: Gentoo GNU/Linux and non-free packages

From: Marek Aaron Sapota
Subject: Re: Gentoo GNU/Linux and non-free packages
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 19:06:22 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 05:49:13PM -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
>     Well, that hardly qualifies as an still standing argument.  As soon as
>     the new package manager version is stable, it's only a matter of what
>     defaults the Gentoo devs choose as acceptable licenses.  I guess, they
>     will choose only FSF and OSI approved licenses.
> Are you saying that the Gentoo developers might soon delete all the
> ports for non-free programs from Gentoo?  That could make it a 100%
> free distro, and we might be able to endorse it.  (We would have to
> check for blobs in their version of Linux.)

Gentoo devs have already chosen - by default it is everything that
doesn't require explicit agreement from user and this aren't only FSF
and OSI approved licenses. As reference:


It is possible to use only Free Software with Gentoo but it isn't that
- packages have non-free dependences, sometimes programs compile fine
  without them, but they are pulled in anyway
- some free "alternatives" are only in additional repositories
- predefined license groups (for example FSF approved) are not complete
- some packages have wrong licenses (usually license is named after the
  package even if it really is for example GPL)

Gentoo isn't even close to being a Free Distribution in FSF sense, I
have no idea why some people treat it as such.

Happy hacking
Marek Aaron Sapota

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