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Re: KDE in Debian: suggestion for resolution

Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@earthlink.net> wrote:
> While just pulling KDE would be doing something, it wouldn't really
> fix the underlying problem of why we pulled KDE. My suggestions might,
> if the Troll and KDE people are willing. Otherwise, pulling KDE is all
> we could do and I doubt they'd lose sleep over it.

If they'd not lose sleep over it, then what's the problem with us 
pulling it?

> Being a user, I want results.

Well, you can use gnome.  Or, if you don't care about moral or legal
issues you can get kde from their web site.

> Being a developer, I want the right thing done.


> Being myself, I can't see how this thread prior to my message would
> actually have done anything constructive other than possibly removing
> KDE from contrib (and non-free for that matter) KDE would still be
> broken.

And it's not something we're free to fix.

> People would remain uneducated and use it anyway because it works for
> them and they could care less about licenses.

We should probably put together a press release?

> Pro-M$ rags would still be able to claim there is massive infighting
> amonth the KDE people and the Gnome people over what is legally and
> morally acceptable, and things would continue as they are now.

Actually, I think that dropping KDE for legal reasons would do more to
squelch that rumor than just about anything else.  This "infighting"
concept implies that there's no real reason for the issue.

> We can do better than that. We are DEBIAN! We don't leave problems
> unanswered just because the easy way is to walk away from them do we?

Only where we're free to do so.  With KDE+Qt, we don't have a legal
right to address these problems.


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