[ppc-mobo] Re: GNU License for Hardware
rms at gnu.org
Thu Oct 14 15:46:19 UTC 1999
True, but the only non-free software living at a low enough level to be
considered part of the OS (that I can think of) is qt (which a lot of open
source folk don't consider a threat to the movement).
Nowadays Qt is free software, although its license the QPL just barely
qualifies. Before the QPL, when Qt was non-free, it was such a grave
threat to our community that we started two projects--GNOME and
Harmony--to defend against it.
The rest is apps
(many of that being programs that do a job that no free software does
satisfactorily yet, and even accepted as a necessary evil by FSF.
The truth is more complex than that. We don't accept non-free
apps as a necessary evil, but we do accept that many GNU users
want to run them.
We used the LGPL for GNU Libc as part of a strategic decision to allow
non-free apps to be distributed for GNU. But that doesn't mean their
existence is a good thing, or that it is good to distribute them. We
treat them like non-free operating systems: we support using our
software with them, but we don't encourage anyone to use them, and we
hope you won't either.
It is a real shame that most of the commercial GNU/Linux CD
distributions contain non-free software. I'm urging them to release
versions that are wholly free.
I hope this shows that the GNU Project is not as extremist and
inflexible as it is sometimes made out to be. We don't see issue as
not an all-or-nothing one.
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