Re: Visualboy Advance question.
Matthew Palmer wrote:
Let me ask you this: if there was an image viewer, which only viewed one
format of images, and there were no images out there in that format, would you
want to see that in Debian? What if there were images in that format, but
in order to get them you'd have to break copyright law?
I think software usefulness is remarkably subjective and not something on
which one should base inclusion in main. Perhaps usefulness is a better
argument for what to include on installation media (versus what to leave in an
online repository to pick up later).
That second case is pretty much where we stand with a *lot* of game console
emulators out there -- the only way to get data to use with them is to break
the law. Wonderful.
I'd be surprised if this is entirely true all the time everywhere. It might
be mostly true, but there could be demos (for example) that are DFSG-free. In
some countries it might be legal to make dumps of ROMs for one's own personal
use. In either case, one might want an emulator to run the ROMs one obtained
legally. This might not be the most popular use for emulators, but I don't
have any way to measure the most popular use of emulators and that doesn't
seem to be the criterion for inclusion in main. Perhaps Debian main's
criteria are being interpreted from the perspective of American law?
The litmus test here is "a significant amount of functionality", not "will
refuse to work at all without it", although that's a fairly good description
of a console without a ROM.
Would one ROM cut it, then? I am working to determine if one ROM is available
under a DFSG-free license right now. I don't have much to report yet except
thanks to those who have supplied information to help me track down the
copyright holder. I should know more soon and I plan to report what I've
learned on debian-legal.