vrms - report of installed non-free software
This program is an attempt at creating a
This program analyzes the currently-installed package list
on a Debian GNU/Linux system, and reports the non-free
packages that are currently installed to
The packages in the non-free tree have restrictions on their
use and/or distribution which cause them to fail to meet the
terms of the Debian Free Software Guidelines included as
part of the Debian Social Contract. However, some are
sufficiently useful that their presence is often tolerated
by Debian users despite their licensing.
Richard is the most vocal among us on the issue of software
morality, and we agree with Richard that Debian users should
have an easy way to know when they are running non-free
software on their systems. This program is our attempt to
fill that need.
This program was written by Bdale Garbee and Bill Geddes for
the Debian GNU/Linux system, in response to an open
discussion with Richard Stallman about the issues
surrounding the availability/desireability of the 'non-free'
package tree in Debian.