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Re: Debian i386 freeze

Hrmm.. I've been trying to understand why this whole thing disturbs
me.  First of all, let me say that I do not really care for KDE, for
many reasons, and would really be indifferent as to including it or
not - license problems notwithstanding.

I guess the thing that irks me to some degree is that we seem to do
the 'cover our butt' thing rather than really get to the bottom of a
lot of these legal issues.  Some people take stabs at determining what
is legally correct, but, as everyone says *we are not lawyers*.  So
the best that we can do is determine "well, there might be a problem
with this".  And since we are not sure, we drop it or put it in
non-free or something.  I guess, I would like to see us be a little
more sure of these things.  It's kind of irritating seeing problems
that don't get resolved, and, because of the legal guessing of some
programmers, we end up doing one thing, whereas others do another
(Calder and SUSE will distribute KDE).  I don't like seeing problems
go unanswered like this.  I wish we could do more to determine things
with certainty one way or another.

So.. this is just a rant I suppose.  Of course the logical thing to do
is cover our bases and, if possible, worry about other issues later.
And there is certainly something to be said for not wasting our time
with non-free software, but.. in a lot of these cases, my desire to
resolve problems wins out over my dislike of non-free stuff...

David Welton                          http://www.efn.org/~davidw 

	Debian GNU/Linux - www.debian.org

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