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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On 6 Jun 2000, John Goerzen wrote:
> Rationale:
> Any one of the following should at least justify the examination of
> the issue.
> 1. Non-free software is no longer an essential or standard part of a
> typical installation.
> Whereas at one time, most everyone used non-free software such as
> Netscape for web browsing, acroread for PDF reading, or xv for graphic
> viewing, there are quality free replacements for all of these
> programs.  Therefore, the rationale of "we need non-free for usable
> standard system" no longer applies.
> There has been some discussion about whether mozilla is ready for
> prime time right now.  The point can be argued.  However, let me put
> forth the following observations: 1) it will almost certainly be ready
> by the time woody is released (in about 2 years, of the potato time is
> any guide); and 2) using one program to justify the continued support
> of all current non-free programs is a weak argument at best.

The only exception that I can figure out for this would perhaps be the JDK
and related packages. Is there perhaps some free alternative to this?

Mike Kelly	<kellym@nbnet.nb.ca>

  'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
   I took the one less traveled by,
   And that has made all the difference.'

		-- Robert Frost

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