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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

John Goerzen wrote:
> > I agree, we don't have to distribute all software ourselves, but it
> > certainly makes things more convenience for our users and
> > developers.
> I for one would find it more convenient if Debian could arrange to send me a
> nice check each month :-)

The difference is the first is already occurring on infrastructure
that has been developed over time. There is not any significant
savings in cost by eliminating the first.

> > I share your belief about free software and Debian's greatness. I also
> > think that having non-free supported by Debian's mirrors and
> > infrastrructure contributes to Debian's value.
> I'm not sure I agree there.  I for one hope that people are not choosing
> Debian based on the non-free software on our FTP site.  In fact, I dare say
> that I would not be sorry to see us lose such users.  There are so many
> other reasons to be choosing Debian.

I agree that there are a lot of other reasons to choose Debian. That's
why, even if non-free were to be taken out of Debian's mirrors, I
would still use develop Debian but my time would be split developing
an alternate infrastructure to support non-free.

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