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Re: Discussion - non-free software removal

On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 01:07:21PM -0700, Kevin Rosenberg wrote:
> 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.

One might want to survey those who pay for storage space and network
bandwidth at Debian mirror locations before one just asserts this.

Non-free certainly costs *something*, even just at a concrete,
shoveling-bits-around level.  What *is* that cost?

> 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.

Well, why *shouldn't* non-free software have to "pay its own way" rather
than riding on the back of a Free Software project?  Because it can?

G. Branden Robinson                |     If you have the slightest bit of
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     intellectual integrity you cannot
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