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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

>>"John" == John Goerzen <jgoerzen@complete.org> writes:

 John> On Thu, Nov 14, 2002 at 01:10:27AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
 >> If people *are* going to do this, then your goal to have people who might
 >> otherwise be working on free software waste less time on non-free software
 >> isn't being achieved, and, in fact, quite the opposite is happening.

 John> In the short term, that is true; but over the long term, I
 John> believe that it will not hold.

	In the long term, non-fre would wither on its own accord, as
 free software continues to make inroads into the mainstream, and we
 would be at the same spot without making people who like free
 software but must use non-free software jump through hoops. 

 John> One benefit we can see by separating it from Debian is that
 John> people that would not work on Debian or Free Software anyway
 John> would be able to work on non-free, which could help free up
 John> resources for our core projects.

	No. Poeple who would work on a non mentary basis are already
 people who could be contributing to Debian. By separating it out, you
 have removed the connection such people have with a larger free
 software group.

	We should be inclusive, as far as possible, when it comes to
 people who work on software for other people without monetary rewards.

 They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the
 approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the
 subversions of the duperies on which they live. Thomas Jefferson
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