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Re: Bug#181028: cdrecord: promotes non-free software



> On Sat, Feb 22, 2003 at 05:12:55PM +0100, Andreas Metzler wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 14, 2003 at 03:36:31PM -0500, Ben Collins wrote:
> > > Cdrecord says this when I am using a DVD burner (even while burning
> > > normal CDR/CDRW):
> >  
> > > cdrecord: If you need DVD-R/DVD-RW support, ask the Author for cdrecord-ProDVD.
> >  
> > > cdrecord-ProDVD is non-free, binary-only.
> >  
> > > IMO, it should say this instead:
> >  
> > > cdrecord: If you need DVD-R/DVD-RW support, install dvdrecord.
> >  
> > > DVDRecord is a fork of cdrecord, is free and supports DVD-R/DVD-RW.
> > 
> > Hello,
> > It would be a gross understandment to say that cdrtool's author, Joerg
> > Schilling, is not in favour of this fork. Please take a look at
> > http://groups.google.at//groups?as_q=dvdrecord+copyright&as_uauthors=schilling

If I may suggest another, perhaps less controversial alternative: How
about just removing the disputed text altogether? While it would be nice
to able to point people in the direction of DVD burning software in this
context, it isn't really essential, and it may not be worth the hassle
of arguing about which DVD burning software to point to, especially
since there is a clear conflict between the desires of the upstream
author and the free software ideals of the Debian project.

Craig

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