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Re: gimp1.2: gimp package suggest non-free software

On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> If not, why incitating people to get non-free stuff while you just
> can provide a Gimp that can save GIF without LZW?

Because no such non-LZW plugin exists for the GIMP. [And since people
may wonder why they can't save GIFs, it is appropriate for the package
to Suggest: gimp-nonfree.][1]

In around a year or so, the non-free portion of the GIMP will move
back into main anyway.

Don Armstrong

1: Packages like this that are non-Free only because of the decisions
of a particular jurisdiction, eg. software patents, don't concern me
as much as packages that are not free because of licensing terms. This
particular bit of code is not free purely because of the jurisdictions
in which the major mirrors reside.
"...Yet terrible as UNIX addiction is, there are worse fates. If UNIX
is the heroin of operating systems, then VMS is barbiturate addiction, the
Mac is MDMA, and MS-DOS is sniffing glue. (Windows is filling your sinuses
with lucite and letting it set.) You owe the Oracle a twelve-step program."
 --The Usenet Oracle


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