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29 November 2011
Karen interviews Stefano Zacchiroli, who is the current Debian Project Leader. Karen and Bradley discuss their thoughts on that interview.
This show was released on Tuesday 29 November 2011; its running time is 00:38:51.
Segment 0 (00:36)
Segment 1 (03:58)
- Stefano was inspired by a professor at his university to get involved with Free Software, because you can study the sources. (04:50)
- DPL reelection is in April each year. (08:40)
- Stefano discovered that some Debian derivatives weren't distributing source packages. He's helped them get into compliance, although Stefano hesitates to call it enforcement. (12:40)
- Stefano mentioned that many Debian contributors begin contributing upstream to Debian after contributing to derivatives of Debian first. (15:20)
- Stefano thinks the adoption of Free Software on the desktop is shrinking, and many users are using proprietary software “cloud” services. (19:00)
- Stefano thinks that GPL is not enough to defend our software freedom, and that AGPL can do it but it came a bit late. (20:20)
- Stefano is concerned about companies like Google that can reimplement an entire software system merely to avoid copyleft. (20:40)
Segment 2 (21:04)
- Bradley mentioned that moving a package to non-free is a powerful tool that Debian has to deal with licensing situations (21:40)
- Bradley noted that the Debian ftpmasters make decisions about licensing, but it has not been historically well documented. It seems that fact is now well documented. (27:30)