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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Proposal to revise FSDG to exclude SaaSS-only soft

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Proposal to revise FSDG to exclude SaaSS-only software clients
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:49:08 -0400

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  > - FSF's stance on surveillance, PRISM and decentralization;

How does the relate to the FSDG?  I don't see any connection.

  > - FSF endorses distributions which contain packages promoting networks
  >   that are known for surveillance, PRISM and centralization; such as
  >   Skype or Telegram; 

That's not part of our criteria, and should not be.

  > - That client software packages that serve the sole purpose to promote
  >   relationship to vendor, which sole purpose is to interact with
  >   vendor's proprietary server side and centralized communication
  >   platform or other SaaSS shall be excluded from FSF endorsed
  >   distributions;

We have been discussing this and ascertained that some of them are not
really SaaSS.

Can you show specific examples of such servers which really are SaaSS?

Dr Richard Stallman
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