Re: Another Non-Free Proposal
> >> the Debian Project exists to create a distribution of free software;
> >> many Developers do not consider it moral or equitable to provide,
> >> freely, our project's resources to projects who are unwilling or
> >> unable to provide their code freely to the public;
> > Two issues here: morality, and equitablity.
> > [*] Morality: can you provide any reference to this moral code?
On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 06:58:46PM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> I refer to individual moral codes in that statement. The project, of
> course, does not have one.
> One such moral code that is widely known (though not of a developer) is
I don't see anything there which which would justify forcing people to
not support non-free.
Mind pointing out the specific moral precept involved?
> > [*] Equitability: what is the unfairness, specifically
> See above.
What, specifically is the unfairness?
> >> the importance of non-free software has greatly decreased since the
> >> founding of the project; and
> > How do you measure this?
> I do not have a quantitative measurement of this. I do notice, from
> personal experience, that my reliance on non-free software has
> lessened. For example, first with more able versions of konqueror, then
> with Mozilla). For example, with PNG support in all major browsers, and
> now with the GIF patent expiring. With Ogg Vorbis over MP3, and there
> now even being several portable Vorbis players. With GCC's
> ever-improving PowerPC support. With MySQL and PostgreSQL being able to
> do what I used to have to use Oracle, etc. for.
Ok, I'm glad that you are less dependant on non-free than you used to be.
> >> outside groups have been quite able to provide well-integrated
> >> software no harder to obtain than that from Debian's own mirror
> >> network:
> > I don't know what you're talking about here -- perhaps you should
> > ennumerate these groups.
What about BTS?