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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 09:44:23AM +1100, Craig Sanders wrote:
> oh great, another round of the non-free jihad.

> what exactly does this gain for debian and debian users, apart from a
> fascist enforcement of YOUR ideological preferences?

> the fact that you find it offensive that some people need, like, or want
> to install and run non-free software is not sufficient reason to
> diminish utility for debian users.

> you're just going to have to accept the fact that other people have
> different beliefs to you, and that debian accomodates those people.

> in short, enforce your ideology as sternly as you want on your own
> systems but keep your interfering hands out of other people's systems.

You tell 'em!  Users of non-free software have a RIGHT to receive this
software through Debian whenever it's legally possible, and our mirror
operators have an obligation to carry whatever we want to have them
carry; besides, surely no one has ever donated resources to Debian
because of philosophical affiliations, so why would they care?  How dare
these developers muddle our finely-tuned pragmatic system by bringing up
ideology?  How dare they make decisions that could force our users to use
free alternatives to their beloved non-free tools?


Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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