[Bug 178162] Review Request: libgeotiff

Adam Jackson ajackson at redhat.com
Tue Oct 31 16:15:30 UTC 2006

Hans de Goede wrote:

> I find it amusing that you point at Debian, while they do have an
> official non free add on repo.

I didn't.  I pointed at the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which are 
the commonly accepted criteria for what defines free software.  Debian 
got them right; that's why we use them, and that's why they define 
Fedora.  "Free for non-commercial use" is restriction on field of 
endeavor, which directly undermines the intrinsic equality of free 
software (see Linus' message about "why the GPL2 is a good license" for 
why that equality is important).

Right now we have a very strong criteria for freedom.  Weakening that 
criteria it's a very slippery slope.  Why is non-commercial okay?  Why 
not add non-modifiable?  Why not add djb code?  _That_ is why people are 
objecting so loudly.

And for the record, Debian non-free is utter hypocrisy.

- ajax

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