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Re: A sensible plan for non-free

On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 08:44:27AM -0600, Chad Walstrom wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 11, 2004 at 08:54:10PM -0800, Marc Singer wrote:
> > But let me see if I can paraphrase this: the non-free continues to be
> > archived on Debian servers but only DDs and authorized 3rd parties
> > will be able to access the non-free portion of the archve.
> > 
> > If this is so, how do you believe a non-DD access non-free over the
> > Internet?
> He's proposing to have Debian's archives as the Master site for packages
> and the 3rd Party archives as the Slave sites.  Changes happen on Debian
> but packages are only available by adding lines to your sources.list.

I can see two ways that this might be used.  Either,

 A) non-free.debian.org becomes a round-robin of 3rd party archive servers
    that deliver all non-free packages, or
 B) users users of non-free may have to add archive entries for
    several different non-free servers.  

  deb http://non-free.acme.org ./
  deb http://non-free.cogswell.org ./

In the case of A, Debian still must retain storage for all of the
non-packages, but users of non-free no longer get them from Debian
servers.  So we're enrolling a group of 3rd parties to pay some of the
bandwidth costs.

In B, we're putting the burden of locating non-free package source
onto end users.  In this case, I'm not sure why Debian is involved in
non-free at all.

I'm not getting where the win is.  How does this plan change the
status of non-free?

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