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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 07:56:49PM -0400, Adam McKenna wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 06:46:11PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> > How many times do I have to repeat it.
> > 
> There's no need to yell.

We shall see...

> > There is NO CHANGE to our distribution by accepting this proposal.
> > The change is, at worst, to the archive and a few sources.lists.
> A change in the "distribution" is exactly what you are proposing.  By
> definition, a "distribution" is the set of packages that we "distribute".  If
> we are going to stop "distributing" the packages in non-free, then by
> definition, our "distribution" will be changed.

[John, please stop banging your head against the wall. :-) ]

This, right here, is the best argument FOR the resolution.

Our current policy of distributing non-free from official servers has
so confused our users that they think non-free software really IS a
part of Debian.

And, technically, they're right.  Sure, we exclude it from our CDs,
but our default sources.list has non-free right there.  What is the
difference between, say, "apt-get install mozilla" and "apt-get
install netscape" to our users?  Do they understand that there is a

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