Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free
On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 10:17:18PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> A. That the Debian Social Contract with the Free Software Community be
> amended as follows:
> 1. That mentions of non-free be stricken from Section 5, and text be
> inserted, the remainder to read: "We acknowledge that some of our
> users require the use of programs that don't conform to the Debian
> Free Software Guidelines. Our contrib area may help with this
> 2. That Section 1 be amended such that the final sentence reads: "We
> will support our users who develop and run non-free software on
> Debian, but we will neither make the system depend upon nor distribute
> an item of non-free software. Debian may continue to distribute
> non-free software previously distributed via its FTP site prior to the
> woody distribution."
I think this is a plot to make Debian less useful to a percentage
(between 5% and 95%) of the userbase in order to create a larger market
niche for a new Debian-based distribution. Probably Microsoft Debian.
It'll also sabotage the bug tracking system and a distributed package pool.