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[OT] Re: Bug#221709: ITP: at76c503a-source -- at76c503a driver source

On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 10:23:21PM +0100, Joachim Breitner wrote:
> <Sidenote> It looks as if everytime we can get rid of a good reason for
> non-free (e.g. viable acroread alternatives), new reasons (firmware for
> drivers) arise. Sigh.</Sidenote>

That's because it's a bad premise to use utility as a basis for deciding
whether or not to keep distributing non-free.

There's always going to be something in non-free that someone finds
"useful", from a toy to a medical application that keeps their children
alive (the latter is a hypothetical case, as far as I know :) ).

If an *objective* standard of usefulness had anything do with our
decisions about what to ship, there'd be a lot less stuff in *main*, let
alone non-free.

Further discussion should probably take place on -project.

G. Branden Robinson                |    Religion is regarded by the common
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    people as true, by the wise as
branden@debian.org                 |    false, and by the rulers as useful.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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