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FSFLA's petition for Canaima GNU/Linux to be Free

Dec 08, 2010, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Octavio Rossell for this link. ]

"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. http://www.gobiernoenlinea.ve/docMgr/sharedfiles/Decreto3390.pdf

"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."

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