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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 06:11:39AM -0400, Branden Robinson wrote:
> Choice versus imposition is a continuum, not a binary state.  Do you submit
> that the failure of a grocery store to carry a specific item of food is an
> imposition upon you?  But let us have a better analogy.  What about a
> health food store that refuses to carry unhealthy products like fried
> cheeseburgers?  Are the patrons of such a store being imposed upon?

I don't like this analogy.  What this GR is proposing is more like a full
service grocery store deciding to become a health food specialty store.  Do
you think the health food store would retain the customers of the grocery
store?  Doubtful.  If it had been the intention of the original writers of
the Debian Social Contract to keep out all non-free software (or even
mostly-free software), I believe they would have written that into the
original contract.  To change it now borders on malice.


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