Re: Discussion - non-free software removal
>>"John" == John Goerzen <email@example.com> writes:
John> Definately a mix. I propose this GR because:
John> 1. Maintaining non-free software is a drain on resources that
John> our project should be devoting to Free software.
The project does not marshall resources like a company does;
people work on what they please. So this is not a zero sum game; if
non-free packages are not easily accessible to me, I'll have less
time to spare for the project since I'll be spending time looking
for, building, fixing bugs on, packages that I can't do without.
John> 3. Our social contract stipulates already that our operating
John> system does not contain non-free software. I see no reason
John> why we need to be offering it alongside the operating
Because our social contract also says that we recognize that
reasonable people, committed to ultimate freedom of computing,
may still need to run non-free software, and until such time
that they can switch, we, the debian project, shall support them in
John> 1. Packages currently in non-free could simply be altered slightly and move
John> into contrib. contrib would have an apt-gettable "installer"
John> package that would go out and download the source (or binaries,
John> as applicable) from the package's master site, and
John> build/install them. Our existing dependency system would take
John> care of all of that. Debian's conscience would be clean and
John> users would be happy. Users would likely need to make no
John> modifications to configuration.
I can see tis sucking a lot of time away from Debian, as
people go and work this far more complex schema, with far more likely
hood of failure, and changes it everytime upstream sneezes.
I think this would seriously hurt the project far more than
providing archive services.
Isn't it strange that the same people that laugh at gypsy fortune
tellers take economists seriously?
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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