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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

Jeff Licquia <jeff@luci.org> writes:


> The right words?  Didn't you read Adam's post I was replying to?  John
> basically asserted that Netscape WAS NOT part of Debian, and Adam
> essentially replied, "Yes it is!"

This is a flamewar. People will say hasty things. There are
over-lapping arguments about whether non-free is part of Debian (which
clearly it is not), and whether it should be on mirrors (which IMO it
should). Possibly Adam got confused. Benefit of the doubt? anyway...

> I understand that people are concerned about Netscape debs not being
> easily available or well-maintained.  I do NOT understand how anyone
> can dispute the statement, "Non-free is not part of Debian" who
> understands what Debian is about.  The fact that this has happened
> indicates that we are not getting the message out, and that perhaps
> some measures must be taken to correct this - measures such as
> John's.

OK, so some education of our users might be a good thing (I'm not so
sure they are as ignorant as you make out - all the Debian users I
know understand about free software and non-free). Throwing out
non-free is not the way to do it - you'll just alienate people.


"At least you know where you are with Microsoft."
"True. I just wish I'd brought a paddle."

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