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Re: Recommending non-free software



Stefan,

On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 01:35:47PM +0200, Stefan Schwandter wrote:
> Samuel Hocevar wrote:

> >    Yes. Debian does prefer free software, so let's use free software
> > and distribute free software. Are you and/or the snd author aware of
> > the existence of LessTif? snd is even on their compatibility list:
> > http://chronos.cs.msu.su/LessTif/apps.html

> >    If I'm not terribly mistaken, this could lead to completely free snd
> > packages.

> Of course, I should have mentioned this. LessTif doesn't work for snd,
> so this compatibility list seems to be wrong or (more probably)
> outdated.

> Upstream doesn't support lesstif anymore.

This has been mentioned before; however, the goal of the Lesstif project 
is to provide complete compatibility -- ABI and API -- with the Motif 
libraries.  The only reason snd would not be compatible with Lesstif
(regardless of whether it's supported by upstream) would be a bug in 
Lesstif; and overall, the number of bugs in Lesstif is going down, not 
up.  When was the last time you tried to compile snd with Lesstif?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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