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Re: Let's not forget why many people use/contribute to Debian



On Sat, Jun 17, 2000 at 01:49:09PM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 17, 2000 at 10:14:22AM -0600, Dwayne C . Litzenberger wrote:
> > I think a lot of people here are losing sight of the fact that many people use
> > Debian, not mainly because it's free software, but because things are done The
> > Right Way(tm) around here.  In other words, many users, and developers alike,
> > although interested in the prospect of a completely free operating system, do
> > not want it forced on them when it is not practical.  The more difficult it
> > becomes to use Debian in practical situations, the less likely someone is to
> > use Debian.
> 
> I get tired of hearing this argument. Using this goal, we might aswell
> start doing Debian/Windows and make it really easy. The whole idea behind
> Linux is to do things right. Switching to Linux is already asking people
> to do things the free way, and not the commercial way. Pointing out
> special cases within that scope is incorrect justification for what we do.

Dwayne has a point there, enforcing something free choices is almost
the same as enforcing to use non-free.. we are always free to download
free software to non-free platforms, but why would we it's much easier
to get the non-free solutions...

the non-free software has it's good sides, also as someone listed in
this thread already the packages that are mostly in use from non-free,
the list included quake, one which i keep installed at all times (you
never know when someone comes up an challenges you) if it wasn't a .deb
i wouldn't install it. i'm lazy i admit it.

the other option would be to create a generic installer for the non-free
software, which makes it as easy as apt-get install <name>...

Regards, Sami Haahtinen

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