Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free
> > This GR is not about killing non-free software.
> But it will exactly have this effect, and as a corollary will kill
> Debian as a mainstream Distribution. And that's a _real_ pity.
This will strongly depend on whether and especially HOW a potential
split would be done.
Imagine this setup:
Step #1: Copy the entire debian.org master machine to a
debian-non-free.org master machine (including BTS
Step #2: debianorg removes non-free.
Step #3: debian-non-free.org removes everything BUT
[Note: Contrib would either stay in debian.org or in
debian-non-free.org; we'd need to choose that]
Step #4: debian-non-free.org agrees to stick to general
standards of debian.org with the ONE EXCEPTION of
ONLY distributing non-free software (or only
distributing non-free software plus free software
depending on non-free software [if contrib gets
moved to debian-non-free.org]).
[I would strongly vote for having ONE webmaster for both
domains, or make debian.org webmaster govern the general
look'n'feel of the other debian parts]
- debian.org will stay ENTIRELY free.
- debian-non-free.org will maintain non-free software for
those who believe in mixing both is fine.
- A split of the distribution in competing distributions is
prevented if debian-non-free.org will agree to ONLY
accept non-free packages (and if it is generally agreed
which of the two takes over maintaining contrib).
- maintainers who maintain both "non-free" and
non-"non-free" software would need to have two machines
to work with.
- Those who mirror the distribution, need to mirror two
sites if they want to keep non-free (three if they
require a separate non-us site).
[minor thing, as the setup would only need to be done
- More webmaster work...
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