A “virtual” Richard Stallman

vrms, a command that literally meansVirtual RMS,

a “virtual” Richard Stallman.

The Debian GNU/Linux software distribution tries to neatly classify what software is included into the distribution to inform and show to the user what he’s going to install. The Debian definition for what is “free” mostly follows what Open Source means. This is fairly less restrictive from what the Free Software Foundation says.

Apart from this difference, Debian work to classify software is very important to the average distracted user. You can check what you have installed in your system with

vrms, a command that literally meansVirtual RMS,

a "virtual" Richard Stallman.


For people adopting this GNU/Linux distribution, such program can be very handy to point out software that could cause potential legal problems. As an example here is posted a sample report of the program:


               Non-free packages installed on dinkel

communicator-base-45      Popular World-Wide-Web browser software (base support)
communicator-nethelp-45   Popular World-Wide-Web browser software (runtime help
communicator-smotif-45    Popular World-Wide-Web browser software (full static M
doc-html-w3               Recommendations of the W3
gs-aladdin-manual         The Ghostscript user manual by Thomas Merz (English)
hwb                       The Hardware Book
netscape-base-45          Popular World-Wide-Web browser software (base support)
netscape-java-45          Popular World-Wide-Web browser software (java runtime

As you can see in this sample report also documentation is covered, not only software intended as application software.

from Daniele Giacomini: Appunti di informatica libera 


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