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Re: Visualboy Advance question.

Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> writes:

> Evan Prodromou <evan@debian.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2004-06-22 at 19:02, Josh Triplett wrote:
>> > While I agree that it is not necessarily required that a Free package
>> > Depend on some piece of Free data for it to operate on, I do believe
>> > that if there is _no_ Free data for the package to run with, and that
>> > data is required in order to operate, then the package must go in
>> > contrib until at least one free piece of data is available.
>> I just don't think that software Depends: on the data it manipulates the
>> way that it Depends: on, say, libraries or other programs.
>> It also seems terribly unhackerly. I mean, heck: if I'd like to create
>> some Free Gameboy ROMs, I'd want to do it on a Free operating system.
>> Lastly, I guess there's just something really violating about thinking
>> that Debian is judging the data I have, or could have, on my hard drive.
>> So I'm not working with Free data. So what? Mind your own beeswax,
>> Debian.
> This was all discussed to death when Quake 2 was GPL'd [1].  The main
> problem I see is that if you accept these arguments, contrib becomes
> empty.  Whether you like it or not, there is a value judgement going
> on with contrib vs. main.  If something is not "useful" enough with
> non-free bits, then it goes into contrib.

Huh?  Contrib would still have Java applications that require the
non-free jre, stuff that build-depends on non-free software, those
installer packages, etc...

You win again, gravity!

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