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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 04:30:03PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> The one you've missed is:
>   4. Supporting non-free software gives nothing to Debian's users
> This is blatantly false. Netscape versus Mozilla, Sun/Blackdown JDK versus
> Jikes/Kaffe, Pine versus Mutt, Info-Zip's zip/unzip versus minizip and
> miniunzip, Qmail versus Exim or Postfix, xv versus imagemagick, tin versus
> slrn. There're the things for which there aren't free replacements: lha,
> zoo, arj, mmix-src, snes9x, SATAN, povray.

while i agree in general with what you're saying, two specifics above
give the false impression that the non-free alternative is better than
the free. the first is "Pine versus Mutt" - mutt is heaps better than
pine. second is "Qmail versus [...] Postfix" - postfix is better than

xv versus imagemagick is also questionable. for some tasks, imagemagick
is much better than xv, for other tasks, xv is superior.

also, tin versus slrn is a matter of user preference. tin's easier for
beginners. slrn is better for advanced users.


craig sanders

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