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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] The "Free" Kernel In Debian Squeeze
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:52:31 -0500

    I agree.  It's an inconvenience that we freedom lovers might be willing
    to accept, but when we interoperate with others who don't share our
    values, they will likely object and refuse to cooperate with us.

Some of them will cooperate and some will refuse.
So what if some refuse?  Exactly where do we need ALL of them
to cooperate with us, so much that it would be a real problem
if they do not?

    Still, that's no big deal for us.  But if we want to be able to push
    patches we write without publishing a blob-ridden branch, we're going to
    have to make it easy for third parties who are not willing to tolerate
    any inconvenience for the sake of freedom.

I am skeptical.  I think we can live with that drawback,
and our repository would still be a big step forward.

Anyway. it is clear what you should do.  Implement the conversion
operation in whatever way is easiest, convert Torvalds' repository,
publish our repository with the program and the correspondence table
of revision hashes.  They can add the feature to git if they want to.

If you ask them to implement the feature in git, they will probably
say they are not sure they care about it so why don't you implement it.
So you may as well start by implementing it.

Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110

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