Re: What do you win by moving things to non-free?
On Mon, Apr 18, 2005 at 10:08:50AM -0300, Margarita Manterola wrote:
> How about having a new section, "open-source", or something, for the
> things that fall in the category described above? (i.e. software that
> is _almost_ free, but has some small limitation over some freedom)
Debian is hard pressed to consistently distinguish "free" from "not free";
it doesn't seem like a practical use of time to have a "sort of free"
category in between.
That said, there have been discussions about ways to break down non-free
further, without necessarily creating new sections, eg.
to allow, for example, CD vendors to more easily tell which parts of
non-free they can safely distribute without satisfying extra conditions.
> I know that having a new section would be a bit cumbersome, but I do
> feel that the mixture of different "freeness" in non-free is a bit
> unfair for those pieces of software that just fail a small point.
I don't believe "forbidden to be modified in any way" to be a "small point".