Re: Ask yourself some questions (was: Discussion - non-free software removal)
On Wed, 2002-11-13 at 14:19, Branden Robinson wrote:
> Does Debian have the right to decide whether or not to terminate a
> service? Does the service belong to Debian, or must it remain forever,
> as a public entitlement, completely irrelevant of the level of desire of
> the public to use it?
Or, is this actually the most compelling argument in the mass of knots
above? Is this about users? Is this about getting packages to apt-get
install painlessly? Is this about bandwidth? Is this about disk
space? Or is this about skilled peoples time being wasted on
maintaining another infrastructure for non-free software?
We might all have, individually, a small percentage of installed
applications when using vrms... However, the combination of all users
most likely cover a wide range of requirements. This range of
requirements, coupled with the resource saving of using existing
infrastructure could easily enough justify the opinion: Wasting skilled
developer time on maintaining a secondary infrastructure for non-free
software is possibly detrimental to Free software development and the
*human* resources of the project as a whole.
Scott Dier <email@example.com> KC0OBS http://www.ringworld.org/