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Re: Any interest in making Emacs available on Flathub?

From: Joonas Sarajärvi
Subject: Re: Any interest in making Emacs available on Flathub?
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:39:09 +0300
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Richard Stallman kirjoitti 20.04.2018 klo 06:53:
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It sounds like Flatpak poses no free software ethical issues.

   > The flatpak
   > that I wrote for Emacs uses the org.freedesktop.Sdk runtime which to
   > my knowledge is entirely free software.

"To my knowledge" means "as far as I know."  Is that what you mean to

If so, would you please verify that this runtime is indeed entirely
made of free software?  I would expect that is the case, but let's
act based on knowledge rather than guessing.

Yes, this was based on somewhat vague knowledge and a bit of hopeful assumption. But after some more looking into it, things still seem good to me.

I got into contact with developers of Flatpak at the #flatpak channel on the Freenode IRC network. According to them, only free software should be included in the runtime. This is not very visibly documented anywhere, but I was suggested to file them a request to add also such documentation.

The runtime includes a description of names and versions of software that is included. This comes in two separate parts [1,2] because of how the runtime is built in two phases, with latter phase adding software on top of the results from the first phase. I have browsed through these a few times and did not notice anything that would be a problem. Mostly the content looks like a typical small GNU/Linux distribution. However, the runtime does not include the Linux kernel or firmware that is copied into devices by some of the drivers that Linux includes. Thus the relatively common issue with GNU/Linux distributions including proprietary firmware should be absent.

[1] https://gist.githubusercontent.com/muep/519ae7c718c80a8f6d83ff248f265dea/raw/f345a81067cd25a76959cef50ae14d2960e797e2/manifest.base

[2] https://gist.githubusercontent.com/muep/17e52495f8eaee488c632fb962c124a1/raw/b9333c76a9d263d6d0623a8809a328e34315d6b1/manifest.json

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