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Re: Commercial programs in Debian

On Mon, May 08, 2006 at 04:46:29PM +0200, Francesco Pietra wrote:
> That's true. In my country the public administration - including the 
> university - is wasting public money (derived from taxation) in software that 
> is found with debian, sometimes of better quality. They could better make 
> donations to free software.
> However, there is scientific proprietary software from small softwarehouses 
> that has decades of experience and development, is sold with accompanying 
> source code, and solves problems that debian is quite far from solving. 
> Again, don't ask me the names because I am not advertising (and I am user not 
> softwarehouse) but I believe that such softwarehouses deserve full support. 
> They have my support.
> In other words my point is not free software ueber alles, may point is serious 
> software ueber alles (which implies getting the source code of the 
> proprietary software, albeit with restriction to use it in connection with 
> modifying the code to adapt the software to, say, the particular 
> calculations).

Nothing prevents a company from compiling and packaging their software
for debian.  Opera does a perfectly good job supporting debian with
premade packages.  It is a rather small and easy job to do, so any
company that cares about its customers shoudl be willing to do it.

Len Sorensen

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