Re: Bug#181493: SUN RPC code is DFSG-free
On Mon, 8 Sep 2003 20:16:18 +0200, Andreas Barth <email@example.com> said:
> * Manoj Srivastava (firstname.lastname@example.org) [030908 20:05]:
>> I think you are mixing up "archived copy of old releases" and
>> "releasing". Releasing a copy of Debian is an act that carries some
>> weight; and there are large numbers of people who wait for a
>> release, and we have a reputation for ethics that I would not like
>> to see tarnished for the merely sake of meeting a release date.
> To get it clear: You prefer that because the Sun RPC-code might be
> non-free, we do not release sarge? This would be a real disservice
> to our users, without gaining anything except more backports and
> more work wasted.
What are we here together for? Are we just a conduit to feed
software to the mindless horde of software consumers, and our
priorities are to keep the users satiated, no matter what the
provenance of the software, or are we here to build a community
around a free OS? I signed up for the latter, and we do not release
the OS until it meets the basic requirements of our goal -- keeping
Debian 100% free software.
So yes, I would not compromise our principles, and I would
much rather we held back the release until we are ready.
You know, that used to be the Debian motto -- we released
quality free software, and we released when we were ready. As opposed
to shovelling in whatever and meeting release deadlines.
Dinosaurs aren't extinct. They've just learned to hide in the trees.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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