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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free, Draft 2

Peter Makholm <peter@makholm.net> writes:
> Software can be compared with respect to features, useability,
> functionality and stability. I believe that the open development
> model maximizes these demads in the best way.

Eventually, yes, but sometimes not today.  And making it harder for a
user to have access to the features one needs _now_ may not always
have the desired effect (presumably to encourage that user to help
make that feature appear on a truly free software project).

I would, for instance, happily rid my HD of the non-free MySQL---but
for the moment it does things that PostgreSQL (and the free MySQL)
simply won't (tuples > 8K WRT Pg and indices > 127 chars WRT the free
version), and I am too busy to do much more than read the PostgreSQL
developers list and cheer from the sidelines.

Mind you, PostgreSQL is supposed to get facilities for this this fall,
and I will be busily at work converting everything in sight from MySQL
to PostgreSQL, but until then, Debian would be much less useful to me
if I had to install MySQL by hand.


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