Schoelje wrote:Okay, let's forget the technical aspects for a moment, because these are easily solved.
Would a real free SolydK BE benefit organizations, and governmental institutions, better than SolydK BE with non-free firmware?
In that case. NO. What benefit is their to a stripped down version that doesn't do what you want it to do? What organizations, government institutions, and small businesses want is something that 'just works'. I don't think most of them care if its FOSS of proprietary. The politics behind the software are of little to no concern to most. Just give them something that works and works well. Something that is stable and easy to maintain.The question is not if its 'free' or 'non-free' software
. They've likely been using 'non-free' software for the past 20+ years and are ok to use some 'non-free' software if it is a better alternative. The question about 'non-free' software really comes down to 'is this legal'
? Businesses and organizations need to know that the software they are using is legal to use. So the question we should be asking is not 'should we make a 'free' version. The question should be 'How do we make SolydK BE legal to use in all countries with complete codec and driver support'
I'm sure there are those who want completely FOSS software. They will look at Debian for their solution. Lets keep SolydK BE focused on the business user and organizations who just need things to work. But lets understand that they need to keep within the laws of their countries. So instead of stripping out all the 'non-free' software, maybe we should be looking into how we can license this 'non-free' software so that the companies behind it will not only allow us to package it with SolydK BE but would desire for us to include their software with our distro.
Lets assemble a list of the included 'non-free' software we are talking about. What are the restrictions? Is it a simple matter of the user accepting a license agreement? Can these agreements be consolidated together so the user can accept all at once? Does the software developer require fees to include the software? How much is it? Will this require a 'paid for' version of SolydK BE to be compliant with all legalities? Its my understanding that Warran Woodford at Mepis had obtained permission at one time to include all non-free software in his distro. So I think it can be done. But it might require more work than simply stripping it out. However, I also suspect that there are some people in the community who want to help but can't program. This might give them an opportunity to help by contacting some of these businesses. So I think the help will be there.
But again, I'll state that we need to consider the question we are asking. Is the question about including 'non-free' software? Or is the question about making sure all software is 'legal' to include?
I think this really applies to all versions of SolydXK.