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Re: non-free software

On Mon, 30 Mar 1998, Bob Hilliard wrote:


OOPS - I did not mean to start a flame war.  May I give
a little more context to my original post?

I will use the Debian packages when I can.  If xv doesn't
come with Debian, maybe I will use a substitue if it is 
as functional, or close.  However there are packages
like netpbm which, to my knowledge cannot be replaced.
If this package was not available as a
debian package, I would have to go with another distribution or
hunt the net for the tarball and compile it.
However, netpbm is available from debian.org, so I will
download it.  A pain since I have a bad connection.

I hope you continue to support packages like xv and netpbm.
I think there are too many good packages out there for
the freeware community to ignore.  If you support them
please make them as easily accessible as possible. 
As I said before I, and I am sure others, will use
ultra-free software before the semi-free software, 
and commercial software as a last resort.

King Lee

> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@datasync.com> writes:
> > Hi,
> > >>"Bob" == Bob Hilliard <hilliard@metrolink.net> writes:
> > 
> > Bob> I would like to see someone come up with a way to persuade
> > Bob> vendors to include as much of non-free as possible, while still
> > Bob> issuing the "Official CD".
> > 
> > 	I object quite strongly. This seems to go against the spirit
> >  of the Social contract; we in fact prefer free software over similar
> >  (even possibly superiro non-free software). 
> > 
> > Bob> One possibility is to include the
> > Bob> non-free directory in the "Official CD" image, and point the
> > Bob> vendors to a statement similar to that in the Social Contract.
> > 
> > 	The Non-free stuff is not part of Debian, and should not be on
> >  the official CD. 
> > 
> > 	Any such move would dilute the perceived adherence to the DFSG
> >  and the social contract.
>      It sounds like you are advocating removal of paragraph 5. of the
> Social Contract.  Perhaps a proposal to modify the Social Contract is
> in order.
> Bob
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