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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 11:41:03AM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:
> > That seems reasonable, as our social contract is with the Free Software
> > Community (according to http://www.debian.org/social_contract) and not
> > just among ourselves.
> Ehm, yes. So what? It's not with the non-free Software Community as you
> stated yourself. 

Sure; but the free software community might see benefits in making
non-free software available -- eg, making the Debian system more useful
in more situations, and thus getting more feedback and contributions from
a wider base of people, and thus improving the Debian system itself. If
you're assuming the answer to this is whatever RMS would say (viz,
"non-free software is *EVIL*"), you might want to try considering the
opinion of the "Open Source Community", instead. The answers should be
the same.

OTOH, the Debian developer body is probably the best reference for
"the Free Software Community" you're going to get.


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