Re: The end of GIF format [was : Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL ]
On Fri, 3 Dec 1999, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Dec 1999, Nils Jeppe wrote:
> > > Anyway, as long as my web browser won't read .png's, I'm reluctant to nuke
> > > my remaining .gif's.
> > Vicious circle.. It's just like why everybody still uses
> > Windows. Someone's got to start pushing the alternatives...
> Well, start pushing the alternatives by providing me with *real*
> alternatives. If I spend 50% of my working days in Netscape, and .png's
> are broken in Netscape, I'm going to be unhappy. If, however, I can
> replace Netscape with something that works, or I can configure Netscape so
> it works, or if I discover that only certain .png's produced by Gimp are
> broken & the rest are OK, then I may be able to live with it.
Whatever your take, there are web-designers using debian who
need to produce GIFs for their jobs.
Will you force those users to find another distro?
Force them to compile their own gif tools?
Since they can't tell their users to upgrade, they can be stuck.
I think leaving them in non-free (maybe even printing warnings)
is much kinder to such individuals.
(I'm not one of them: don't tell me to find another employer.)