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.
> Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > Hi,
> > >>"Bob" == Bob Hilliard <email@example.com> 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.
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