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