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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 04:30:23PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
>   4. Supporting non-free software gives nothing to Debian's users

Uh, since John never said anything of the sort, this is a thunderously
obvious straw man argument.

> This is blatantly false. Netscape versus Mozilla, Sun/Blackdown JDK versus
> Jikes/Kaffe, Pine versus Mutt, Info-Zip's zip/unzip versus minizip and
> miniunzip, Qmail versus Exim or Postfix, xv versus imagemagick, tin versus
> slrn. There're the things for which there aren't free replacements: lha,
> zoo, arj, mmix-src, snes9x, SATAN, povray.

Good work skewering that scarecrow.

G. Branden Robinson            |    A great work of art has never caused any
Debian GNU/Linux               |    social problems.  Social problems are
branden@ecn.purdue.edu         |    caused by those trying to protect
roger.ecn.purdue.edu/~branden/ |    society from great works of art.

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