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Re: Screw non-free.

On Sat, Mar 13, 2004 at 02:19:17AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 09:35:32AM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > More and more interesting non-free software isn't suitable even for
> > non-free.  Examples include:
> >   o Acrobat Reader
> >   o Sun Java SDK
> There's likely no fundamental problems stopping us from making non-free
> acceptable to those sorts of upstreams.

a) Acrobat Reader: What's wrong with xpdf? And I've heard praise about
gpdf, although I did not try it out lately.

b) Sun Java: I question the wisdom of trying to get Sun's java back into
non-free at a time when everybody tries to talk Sun into open sourcing
their Java implementation. What kind of publicity would that be? 'IBM
and RedHat opt for Free Java, Debian welcomes the proprietary one'?
Moreover, free alternatives seem to have finally catched up to a point
where they are almost useful.



Michael Banck
Debian Developer

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