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Re: GNU FDL (was Re: Bug#141561: gnu-standards: Non-free software in main)

On Thu, 11 Apr 2002, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

> The membership also seems
>  to have shifted towards a more radical^H^H^H^Henthusiastic support of
>  _only_ free software, and helping people use whatever they wish on
>  Debian, while providing them with free alternatives, seems to be on
>  the wane.

In part this is because thanks to apt-get and more widespread knowledge of
Debian packaging, it doesn't matter so much if the software is at
ftp.debian.org or ftp.evilhoarder.com anymore.  For myself, I don't even
bother bring up non-free stuff here anymore though I continue to use it.
Things like signed packages and LSB conformance should make it even easier
to use non-free software with Debian and I'm willing to bet many uers and
developers will continue to take advantage of it.  IMO, The status quo
satisfies most people and there would be opposition to attempts to
obstruct the use of non-free software.  Witness the response to Jeroen.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar@debian.org>
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