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

On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 07:42:37AM -0400, Michael Alan Dorman wrote:
> I'm also curious, if you wouldn't mind repeating it, to hear your
> response to Manoj's questions regarding things that are in non-free
> because of restrictions on commercial use.  Without trying to load the
> question (and perhaps failing), do you really feel such projects are
> unworthy of support, even though they are at odds with the DFSG on
> this one point?

Of course I am not and can't speak for John. Here is my position though.

The question if something is worth to support or not is not the correct one.
Many things that are worth your support (prevent wasting energy, saving nature,
avoiding rich-poor gap) are not Debians business.

I would hope that interested parties will continue to provide and debianize
such software using non-Debian ressources. apt can deal with it, and even
without apt it is not hard to get at those packages if they are provided
via ftp and http. Those packages can be of the some quality as within Debian,
and anybody can choose for himself which software outside the DFSG is worth
working on.

I have not heard a reason yet why it is technically better to offer
non-free software on Debian servers.


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