Re: Discussion - non-free software removal
On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 08:30:38AM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> > However there are still some necessary non-free packages.
> In that case, we are already violating the very first clause of our Social
> Contract -- "we will never make the system depend on an item of non-free
We are not, the system doesn't depend on it -- merely some users like to
depend on it.
> > The latest Xpdf (2.00) uses Motif. The binaries in the xpdf-reader
> > package are linked with LessTif but unfortunately it works quite a bit
> > better with Open Motif from non-free. For some PDFs in some locales,
> > Xpdf segfaults. It may be worth creating an xpdf-reader-openmotif
> > package for contrib. Here's another case of no free working solution.
> uhm, gs? gv? kghostview?
All of those are based on ghostscript (AFAIR), and occasionally can't open a
PDF file generated by (newer|different) Windows programs. xpdf often can, so
it definitely has a useful purpose.
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