I just had to defend the CC-BY-SA


I just sent a lengthy email into the Debian bug tracking system. I originally tried to send it directly to the developers through an already “closed” bug (which was returned undeliverable) so I sent it again to submit@bugs.debian.org. I sent it with the proper headings (I hope) so that it would get to the developers. the subject was “VRMS-Why is the Tango Icon theme listed as non-free”, and the project in question is vrms or (Virtual Richard M. Stallman) which is a program that will analyze the set of currently-installed packages on a Debian-based system, and report all of the packages from the non-free tree which are currently installed.

The entire email can be read here

And I have also sent an email to Cory Doctorow and have submitted it for consideration on BoingBoing

How much do YOU love Freedom?


My brother and I were discussing Software Freedom, well I was being a zealot and he was being somewhat intelligent in his discussion. After this discussion I got a message on facebook telling me to install a thing called vrms. So I did. For those of you who don’t know,

vrms (Virtual Richard M. Stallman) is a program that will analyze the set of currently-installed packages on a Debian-based system, and report all of the packages from the non-free tree which are currently installed.

Note that vrms is not limited to Debian systems only (which means that it also works with Debian-derived distributions such as Ubuntu). It is also not limited to Linux-based systems.

Future versions of vrms will include an option to also display text from the public writings of RMS and others that explain why use of each of the installed non-free packages might cause moral issues for some in the Free Software community. This functionality is not yet included.
(via wikipedia)

so here is the output on my Gutsy Beta box:

three@CondorV2:~$ vrms
Non-free packages installed on CondorV2

human-icon-theme Human Icon theme
linux-generic Complete Generic Linux kernel
linux-restricted-modules- Non-free Linux 2.6.22 modules on x86/x86_64
linux-restricted-modules- Non-free Linux 2.6.22 modules on x86/x86_64
linux-restricted-modules- Non-free Linux 2.6.22 modules helper script
linux-restricted-modules- Restricted Linux modules for generic kernels
nvidia-glx-new NVIDIA binary XFree86 4.x/X.Org ‘new’ driver
tangerine-icon-theme Tangerine Icon theme

8 non-free packages, 0.7% of 1170 installed packages.

so that means that I am 99.2% free, how much do you love freedom?