The gNewSense Project was established to give software users a fully free GNU/Linux system distribution. Likewise we are guided by the spirit of freedom and wish to contribute to a breakthrough in education by promoting free software. We will always remain gentle and persistent in our efforts for a fair treatment of software users and developers. gNewSense is committed to the philosophy of the Free Software Movement. The following suggestions represent the course we are headed in as set forth by the gNewSense community:
gNewSense GNU/Linux is and will always remain entirely free software as defined by the Free Software Foundation. We will not distribute, recommend, or otherwise support non-free software. Inevitably, non-free software might slip through into the system. Upon discovering non-free software we will undertake its removal.
The gNewSense community recognizes the importance of free manuals as an essential part to any free software package. We will only include documentation released under an appropriate free license. Additionally, it must take care not to recommend or suggest non-free software.
The gNewSense community will make all of its contributions available as free software. We prefer the strongest general purpose free software license, the GNU General Public License, as it best secures and defends software users' freedom. The narrow conditions leading to sensible use of the GNU Lesser General Public License will also be considered when determining the best license to use.
The gNewSense project is part of the Free Software Movement and supports the movement's philosophy. We are happy to collaborate on practical activities with the supporters of open source, but that is not what we call what we do. We ask those editing the gNewSense community wiki, posting to the forum, and using the mailing list to please avoid certain misnomers and propaganda terms and to keep in mind the spirit of free software and the GNU/Linux system.
Non-Free software is never a solution so please do not rationalize, justify, and minimize the consequences of proposing non-free software as a solution.