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Re: Hypocrisy of Debian (was: Sorry, no more RC bugs for non-free data in main ...)

On 8/30/06, Roberto Gordo Saez <roberto.gordo@gmail.com> wrote:
If this is the common feeling here, I think I made a serious mistake
choosing Debian, because it does not follow my definition of freedom.
I would like to urge to change the Social Contract to be clarified
this in this case. I'm serious about that, it is no joke, because I
feel mislead. When reading it I was thinking I was doing the correct.
I was not sending those bugs because I am bad person, I was actually
thinking that was the common feeling and the correct think to do.

Currently, under my point of view, the Social Contract and guidelines
do not reflect reality, they are just hypocrisy. This is a subjective
view, I know, but I think I'm not the only person in the world who may
understand it this way, so please, clarify.

You are not the only one.

I have somewhat similar feelings after I found out that the
"cdrtools"-package[1] included in Debian isn't DFSG-free, but is still
included in main.

(Even worse, its license might even be illegal because it's GPLv2 +
incombatible restrictions)

This problem was mentioned in this list on _2004_ but cdrtools still
hasn't been removed from Debian (see [2]). IMHO "hypocrisy" is perfect
word to describe such behaviour.

I used to believe that Debian only included legal, DFSG-free software
in main, but "cdrtools" fiasco seems to prove that I was wrong.

A recent message[3] from DPL only made this worse as it's titled "Bits
from the DPL: Freedom and etch" and starts with "As a project, Debian
is heavily committed to the ideals of free software. That's not news
to anyone reading this, ..."

In the light of the cdrtools-fiasco that is clearly not true.

And in case your way of think is not the common feeling, please make a
poll or something. Until this is completely clear, I won't be morally
happy using nor giving my time to the Debian project, so you won't be
bothered with those bugs again.

[1] http://packages.debian.org/testing/source/cdrtools
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/03/msg00415.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/08/msg00015.html


Markus Laire

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