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Re: All GPL'ed programs have to go to non-free

On Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 11:58:52AM -0400, Hubert Chan wrote:
> In fact, I've never looked at the gcc documentation other than to look
> up machine-specific options and optimization flags.  It's easy to use
> gcc without the documentation.

Simple usage might work, but as soon as you reach any question like e.g.

  How do I pass in a additional path to the include path of gcc?
  Which optimization levels does gcc support?
  Which optimization option is best for my CPU?

you are pretty lost without the documentation. 

> Adrian> Until recently, non-free contained only some obscure things most
> Adrian> people didn't require. ...
> Such as a graphical web browser, back in the time before mozilla existed
> or was usable.  Or acroread (before the security vulnerability, when it
> was decided to just drop it from the archive altogether), or the Flash
> plugin (well, it's in contrib, but only because it downloads the actual
> plugin from the web) or msttcorefonts (also in contrib, for the same
> reason as the Flash plugin).  Or giflib.  Those are all obscure things.

My point is:

Non-free was going to contain mostly obscure things now that there 
are free replacements for Netscape and Acroread.

Debian's steps of moving more and more things into non-free forces many 
users to use non-free who wouldn't do otherwise.

Is this effect really wanted?



       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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