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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free, Draft 2

On Thu, Jun 08, 2000 at 04:29:30PM +0100, Matthew Vernon wrote:
> Francesco Tapparo <ftapparo@ntt.it> writes:
> > I think you're forgetting something: it is not common to download the debian
> > packages. The vast majority of the people have only a modem connection, so
> > upgrade debian with an apt to ftp.debian.org is out of discussion.
> > The majority of the people simply buy the cd. The contents of the CD is
> > different from the debian "official archive". It's very common to find
> > non-free and non-us (here in Europe) packages. And not all the main packages
> Do you have data to back up "vast majority"?

see my answer to Mike Stone

> Anyway, you'll find that the non-free packages on CD do in fact come
> originally from mirror sites (since that's where the .debs live) - the
> cd-image making scripts need access to a mirror.

No. As I explained, there are linux magazines that modify the debian
distribution they distribute, adding and subtracting packages. The linux 
magazines I know about distribute addons of software in the deb form if 
there is one in the net, even if there is not an "official" package. They 
would simply distribute the debs downloaded from the net. Of course this
would be possible only if someone maintain those debs, but there would no 
necessity to have a central repository, at least for the important packages.


> Matthew


Francesco Tapparo				 |	cesco@debian.org
fight for your software freedoms: www.fsf.org    |      tapparo@mat.unimi.it

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