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Re: freedom-subtracted.debian.org (was: Re: KDE)

On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:

> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main
> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/contrib
> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/non-free
> This implies that all three are equal, which is not the message we want to
> give.

Implies to whom? This sounds like an assumption to me.  My opinion, which
matters only to me, is that some sort of research should be afforded to
this question before a move is made.  The direction of Debian seems to
be muddled again.  Is Debian to become an OS by the developers for the
developers or by the developers for the users.  Free software fits into
either one of those scenarios but if non-free or contrib software is
"bastardized" further the latter scenario is eliminated. 

Personally, I use what _works_.  That is why I run Debian but I do use
non-free software because for some things it is better.  Same reason I
still run a Windows box.  I need Excel and nothing in the Linux world even
comes close.

I think a Slashdot Poll might be useful to aid in quashing the assumptions
of what the "users" think of mai/non-free/contrib.

Hopefully this didn't come off as "flame-bait" but I felt it needed to be

Oh yeah. Thanks for the rock-solid OS.


Ian Setford                                               ians@unt.edu

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