Title: Need nuanced explanation of "no restrictions" in defining completeness of software freedom
Modify sentence that oversimplifies notion of completeness of software freedom. In reality the FSF (as chief guardians of what the definition of free software is) and the larger Free Software community have tolerated certain kinds of restrictions on software freedom. One example, called out in my change to this sentence, is that of copyleft requirements. To arch lax-permissive-license advocates copyleft requirements may be an undue restriction on software freedom, but the larger Free Software community considers copyleft (at least within limits recognized by the FSF) to be a tolerable deviation from maximum software freedom for a given user. In the case of copyleft, the justification is that the constraints on that user allow software freedom to be maximized among the larger set of present and future users.
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2014-12-07 05:00:27
Richard Fontana (fontana)
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Modify sentence that oversimplifies notion of completeness of software freedom. In reality the FSF (as chief guardians of what the definition of free software is) and the larger Free Software community have tolerated certain kinds of restrictions on software freedom. One example, called out in my change to this sentence, is that of copyleft requirements. To arch lax-permissive-license advocates copyleft requirements may be an undue restriction on software freedom, but the larger Free Software community considers copyleft (at least within limits recognized by the FSF) to be a tolerable deviation from maximum software freedom for a given user. In the case of copyleft, the justification is that the constraints on that user allow software freedom to be maximized among the larger set of present and future users.
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Richard Fontana (fontana)
3 years and 7 months ago on pull request "Need nuanced explanation of "no restrictions" in defining completeness of software freedom"

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Stephen Compall (S11001001)
3 years and 4 months ago on pull request "Need nuanced explanation of "no restrictions" in defining completeness of software freedom"

My first instinct was to say that this point oughtn't be made. The description is convincing of the need for this change, though.

I think that the point being made should be moved to a following paragraph, though. I think it interrupts the intro of Freedom 0 just as it's gaining momentum.

Also, I would replace "compatible with software freedom" with "to improve, rather than detract from, software freedom for all users". That may eliminate the need for the parenthetical.