Subject: Re: Towards an FSB customer bill-of-rights (Re: RH in the news)
From: Simon Cozens <simon@netthink.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 15:38:09 +0000

Tom Lord:
> There's a marketing line for Free Software that goes something like:
> 	"Free Software protects and empowers customers by giving
> 	 them access to the source and the freedom not to rely on
> 	 a single vendor for support."

This does not specify the required clue level for the protected and
empowered user.

> 	1. By default, customers should receive complete source to
>            everything.
> 	2. It should be possible to rebuild, test, and install the
> 	   entire system from that source with fewer than 10 commands
> 	   and only slightly more difficult to include bootstrapping a
> 	   fresh compiler for that build.
> 	3. It should be possible to rebuild, test, and install each
> 	   subsystem with fewer than 10 commands where the granularity
> 	   of "subsystem" operates at multiple scales (e.g., all of
> 	   user space, all of "/sbin", the program "ls").
> etc.

In other words, Linux should be BSD.

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