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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Thu, Jun 08, 2000 at 03:47:10AM -0400, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > People who release non-DFSG software are not enemies of Debian (unless
> > they declare themselves to be or act in a similiar manner).  Please
> > re-read the social contract, point 5.  Debian does not include non-DFSG
> > software, but we configure it and have it available for users to obtain
> > conveniently for those who choose this, and it is a choice.  
> Yes, it is a choice, and the users who use it and the Debian
> developers who package it are not enemies but usually friends.  I
> myself am a user of some packages from non-free.
> But the software companies who produce these packages, sometimes in
> direct competition with free software, are our enemies.  

I'd really like to see a stat on how many packages in non-free are actually
produced by a commercial entity;  I'd be willing to wager that it's less than
10% of all of non-free.  Most of the *useful* packages in non-free are
almost-free, that is, they are bound by one particular restriction that
makes them incompatible with the DFSG.  I can name a few --

qmail (and pretty much all other djbware)

The propnents of this measure are attempting to "spin" this into a
"End commercial software vendors' free ride", argument when, except for
a few packages, this is more a "we don't like your license, get the fuck out"


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