Re: snippets [was Re: Respect for Upstream Authors and Snippets of Interest]
On 2003-09-28, Barak Pearlmutter <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> If we decide to go on a crusade against them, it would be a really big
> deal for a couple reasons:
> - Debian is absolutely *rife* with such snippets.
> - This is because upstream tarballs are absolutely rife with them.
> - Scanning our sources for them would be a gargantuan undertaking.
> - They'd keep sneaking back in.
All of these apply to ordinary bugs much better than to snippets. The
number of bugs in a typical upstream tarball vastly exceeds the number
of snippets, for instance, and are much harder to find.. For those
keeping score, I've omitted these two:
> - It would be a major change in practice.
> - No other free software organization eschews such snippets.
I disagree with the premises of those two, as well. For instance: no
other free software organization edits out the non-free fonts from
XFree86 or the non-free firmware from the linux kernel; and this seems
like a relatively minor change, as changes in Debian go.