[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Jun 06, John Goerzen wrote:
> Good evening,
> This is a formal call for sponsers for the below proposed Debian
> General Resolution in accordance with section 4.2 of the Debian
> Constitution.

I think this is a perfectly sound proposal... once the software in
non-free is substantially replaced by what we can distribute within
Debian.  This battle should be fought when we have a Mozilla that does
everything Netscape does (and can be hosted on a US mirror... Mozilla
is pretty worthless to me w/o SSL support), when we have an animation
player that does everything xanim does, when we have a PDF viewer that
does everything acroread does (IIRC, acroread is the only PDF viewer
that supports finding text in documents), etc.  Fighting it now will
only hurt us and (if this proposal succeeds) our users, not to mention
our image.  Debian may not be a popularity contest (package
"popularity-contest" notwithstanding ;-), but we have better things to
do with our time (like, um, releasing potato) than fighting among
ourselves and pissing off users and potential users.

|        Chris Lawrence        |     Get rid of Roger Wicker this year!     |
|   <quango@watervalley.net>   |      http://www.lordsutch.com/ms-one/      |
|                              |                                            |
|       Debian Developer       |   Visit the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5:   |
|    http://www.debian.org/    |   <*> http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/ <*>   |

Reply to: