Re: Bug#181028: cdrecord: promotes non-free software
On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 09:29:09PM +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> OK. I can see we're not much further forward about this. BenC has
> posted a patch.
> Would it be acceptable to put in something much as I posted as a
> README.DVD.Debian file and to add beneath Joerg's request to use
> ProDVD "Please also see /usr/share/doc/cdrecord/README.DVD.Debian".
> That way, we're being polite, we're not censoring, we're not "promoting
> non-free" any more than we are already and we're providing alternatives.
> Some Debian users may choose to run non-free stuff - that is their
> choice. If nothing else, by pointing anybody to /usr/share/doc
> they may actually _read_ the useful documentation therein :)
If the patched cdrecord handles DVD burning (or if there are other free
alternatives), there's no reason to advertise non-free software.
It's not censorship (and it'd be nice to drop that argument; it's just
noise). People can choose to run non-free stuff all they want; that's
irrelevant to the issue of Debian *promoting* it. And we can point people
to /usr/share/doc just fine without promoting non-free software.