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Re: Question of Aiding and Abetting Proprietary (or non-free) Software i

From: lkcl
Subject: Re: Question of Aiding and Abetting Proprietary (or non-free) Software in GNU projects
Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 13:05:04 +0100

On Tue, May 17, 2022 at 11:38 AM Yasuaki Kudo <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I just wanted to follow up that I meant to ask:
> - Endorsing Free Software to be available on non-free systems,
> so as long as it is understood that it is an invitation to the fully Free
> System, not just partial -
> is this stance well shared among the members and participants of FSF/GNU 
> projects?
>   Or is it the case that Richard Stallman is rather uniquely more generous 
> than others?

i cannot speak for others - including Dr Stallman - only observe how
others behave.  and i am having difficulty parsing what you wrote.

bottom line is that:

   causing harm to Free Software should be the driving principle of
actions to avoid

from there it should be pretty obvious that *each individual person
and their actions*
can be guaged as to whether it is good - or bad - for Free Software.

you do not need me, or anyone else, to tell you that.

a "stance" is also completely irrelevant to that, and i do not believe it to
be helpful or useful to consider "stances".

there is the GNU Maintainers documentation, there is the FSF documentation
you and everyone else is entirely at liberty to choose *for yourself* whether to
use it as a guide to your actions - or not.


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