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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] DSFG in perpetuity

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] DSFG in perpetuity
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:41:52 -0400
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On 03/26/2018 03:27 PM, Donald Robertson wrote:
> and at this point we at the FSF need to bring some guidance.

there has been a healthy flurry of activity on this list recently and i
think the will exists to forgot about any friction in the past and move
forward - but i must firmly say that "guidance" is too weak of a word
for what the FSF needs to do to in order to smooth over the past
wrinkles - as i understand, tensions have gotten high in the past and
many are still not at ease - there are at least 2 issues that the
community has argued over for years that only the FSF should decide
definitively - namely:

* are the debian kernel blob error log messages acceptable or are they
unacceptable? *regardless of the distro*

* what to do about chromium - now i think it is finally removed from all
FSDG distros - should we just let that dog lie? - i am happy to tell
users "forget it - she is a lost cause" (that probably is the case for
'electron') - but i was told that RMS was interested in doing something
about it - so maybe the answer should be "not now - but maybe someday" -
even that distinction would make a difference - i happen to know we have
the co-operation of qt5-webengine - if only that library could be deemed
acceptable, it would have the greatest impact

i do think it is imperative that the FSF makes a final decision on these
two issues and apply them equally to all distros - these should not be
left to the subjectivity of each distro - either they are acceptable for
all or they are unacceptable for all - to leave these to the subjective
determinations of each distro is a great source of friction amoung them

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