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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Trademark licenses, example in Firefox

From: Jason Self
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Trademark licenses, example in Firefox
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 11:27:20 -0700 (PDT)

What? Is is absolutely source code.

In a way, they are forks from upstream. They address the problematic areas of 
the upstream software that concern the free software community that upstream 
doesn't want to address. GNU Icecat, for example, can be used without ever 
thinking about Mozilla's trademark policy since it's completely rebranded, and 
Linux-libre addresses all of the problematic areas of the upstream Linux kernel.

There's no need for a code split, since that's what you seem to be talking 
about. While I would love to see the upstream Linux kernel adopt the changes 
that are made in Linux-libre, I doubt that will happen any time soon. In the 
meantime, we have a kernel that is entirely freedom-respecting. What would we 
use without Linux-libre? The HURD is not really ready for prime time, and 
developing an entirely new kernel from scratch would take alot of time and 
energy and gain us... what, exactly? We'd gain an entirely free kernel *all 
over again*? We already have one. So I see nothing bad about maintaining what 
is essentially a fork of the Linux kernel, and incorporating changes from new 
releases of the Linux kernel when they occur, and plenty of good stuff reasons 
to do so.

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