FSFLA's petition for Canaima GNU/Linux to be Free
Dec 08, 2010, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Venezuelan Presidential Decree 3390, specifically
in articles 2 and 7, explains and backs up the reasons why the
Venezuelan state should develop a Free Software distribution.
Canaima GNU/Linux is this distribution, so it ought to be a Free
distribution, without parts that threaten its users' freedoms.
"Some institutions have computers with devices that cannot work
without privative drivers and "firmwares". In the long term, they
ought to be replaced, but in the short term there will be wishes to
install these drivers so as to use them, as if it was normal to
include them, without any warning, and as if they didn't amount to
any problem or danger.
"Canaima GNU/Linux ought to resist the temptation to include
these programs in its base distribution and in its future versions.
Specially, it ought to avoid at all costs including them as if they
were normal and acceptable, for this amounts to legitimizing and
accepting them submissively, without actual plans or explicit
intentions to avoid this dependency. There are regulations that
will require that computers purchased or produced by the Venezuelan
state be capable of working with Canaima GNU/Linux."