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
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.