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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On 6 Jun 2000, John Goerzen wrote:

> B. That the non-free section be removed from woody on all Debian
> archives, and that all packages so placed there in accordance with the
> definition in Policy section 2.1.4 be removed from the Distribution.
> The introduction into Debian of any package meeting the non-free
> definition in Policy section 2.1.4, or failing the Debian Free
> Software Guidelines, shall be permanently banned.
> 2. Supporting non-free software gives nothing back to the Free
> Software community.
> The contract is supposed to be one between us and the Free Software
> community.  Supporting a non-free section in no way supports Free
> Software or its community.
> 3. Supporting non-free software gives nothing to Debian.
> At one time, one may have argued that we needed to support a non-free
> section in order to have a complete and coherent system.  As discussed
> in #1, this requirement does not today exist.

Software is in non-free for different reasons. What is with DFSG software
that is affected by patents in some countries? It is in non-free and
perhaps you can't use it in some countries without paying a fee, but in
all other countries it is perfectly free software.


A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a
"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
                -- Mahatma Ghandi

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