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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free

** On Jun 08, Jeff Licquia scribbled:
> On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 03:09:12AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >  	Clintonian speech. We are removing all packages, and all BTS
> >  support, but we are continuing to support non-DFSG software. Yeah,
> >  right.  And when we said we shal support you, we never said for how
> >  long. We just meant. we promise to do something until we change
> >  our minds. 
> The implications of this are a bit disturbing.  Essentially, you are
> stating that Debian is honor-bound to package and distribute non-free
> software for all time, no matter how the circumstances surrounding the
> need for non-free change.
No, he didn't say that. As I read it: we will support the software untill we
have something at least *equally* good to offer to you, our Users.

> In other words, Debian could end up being a *refuge* for non-free
> software, if many people's goals for free software come to pass and
> free distribution becomes the norm.
> Is this what you mean to say?  If not, under what conditions do you
> think Debian could stop distributing non-free software?
When we can offer the users replacement for *every* piece of non-free
software which will meet their requirements - meaning, which will be at
least as good as the non-free software we want to expell from Debian. It's
as easy as that.


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