Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free
>>"John" == John Goerzen <email@example.com> writes:
>> No, I don't think so. I find the DFSG to be perfectly fine
>> here; the programs bgelong in non-free. And I think I am arguing for
>> the us to continue to have non-free hosted on our sites, and
>> supported in the BTS. We add value to these programs, and this value
>> is a useful add-on for our users.
John> We have never valued them. If we had, they would have been
John> distributed on our CDs.
We value them _less_ than free software, but we do not hold
them worthless. This is a real world distinction that is hard to see
when ones world is black and white.
John> We are about Free Software.
Not entirely. We are also about making the *BEST* Linux
distribution there is, too. Yes, there is a preference for free
software, but one of the winning points about Debian is that we were
balanced -- not rabid fee software fanatics, and not libvertanian
John> We are not about providing a crutch for software with bad
John> licenses. It's time that people learn that they can't get onto
John> Debian's mirror network merely by being "close" to Free. They
John> have to be Free.
People do not magically get on Debian's mirror
network. Indeed, if a volunteer had not put in effort to get the
software in, it would not. So a Debian developer has opined that that
software is worth the time and effort put in it
John> Not sure what you're saying... "why are you asking the work..."
John> People are free to package whatever they want. Debian is able to
John> exercise control over what it distributes.
Yes, I do understand that this GR is all about control.
John> We are about Free Software. It does Free Software no good for us to
John> be distributing non-free software on our mirror network.
Again. We are not entirely about free software -- we are also
about supporting our users endeavors, and about being the best there
is. Rabid fanaticism at the expense of quality is *not* what we are
John> At one time, one may have argued that we needed to support a non-free
John> section in order to have a complete and coherent system. As discussed
John> in #1, this requirement does not today exist.
And as people are pointing out, you have not looked at the
packages in non-free, and this is certainly not a true statement.
>> We package them as .debs. We provide the archive sites. We
>> provide the BTS. We do the work. Even though these packages are not
>> part of the distribution, debian developer add value. They make these
>> packages more useful for our users, and by extention, they make
>> debian more useful as well.
John> They do not make the Debian system more useful; the Debian system does
John> not use them.
They make Debian more useable for people using Debian, even if
they are add-ons, and not part of Debian.
John> I would further question whether there is any added utility at all.
John> These are non-free, and by legitimizing that fact, there is less of an
John> impetus to either change the license or create Free versions.
Please. You do not advance the interests fo free software by
pretending the non-free software does not exist. I think we should be
about choices -- and we should advocate free software because it is a
John> 5. The existance of the non-free section is being used as a cop-out by
John> those that seek to peddle non-free wares.
>> >> Heh. Bigotry revealed.
John> Unfortunately, the evidence suggests that it may be you that are
John> guilty of this.
>> Please elucidate. What bigotry exactly am I guilty of?
John> You automatically assume that I am bigoted. That attitude is exactly
John> what you were accusing me of.
I di no such thing. I think your words speak for themselves here.
John> This proposal does not mention the BTS.
So we can continue to use the BTS for non-fee software?
John> Where's the fundamental shift? We are making a technical shift based
John> on licensing. It is unfortunate that this particular technical detail
John> was written into the Social Contract at all. Had that document been
John> better written, this could have been accomplished without any
John> modifications to it and probably without a General Resolution.
The social contract is at the heart of what is Debian. Given
our success, I doubt if we would be where we are now had the contract
been significantly different. And you are proposing changing what I
think is the winning combination -- free-sftware advocacy, without
Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what
it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or
rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. Long Chen Pa
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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