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Re: Software in main that is throughly useless without non-free software

On Sat, May 01, 1999 at 01:04:48PM -0700, Chris Waters wrote:
> > Back to the first point.  Perhaps I use lynx exclusively for
> > e-commerce, and the only sites I use are running non-free servers.
> > Thus, lynx is not useful without non-free software.  On the other
> > hand, you might disagree.  "useful" varies from person to person.
> This is very much analogous to software that uses Motif vs. software
> that uses Lesstif.  If Lesstif didn't exist, all software that
> requires Motif would be in non-free or contrib.  But since Lesstif
> does exist, software that *can* use it goes in main, even if someone
> decides to build a copy for themselves that uses true Motif.
> The availability of *any* free option to make the software work makes
> the software qualify for main.  But if *all* the options involve the
> use of non-free software, then it goes in contrib.

I saw someplace a newsreader designed for Dejanews.  Instead of making
you deal with clunky web forms, it gave you a more traditional news
reader type interface, but it still did exactly what the web form does.

Should such a program be considered at best a candidate for contrib,
simply because there's only one Dejanews and last I looked they weren't
exactly publishing their news2html and search engines under the GPL?

How about the little perl applet that checks freshmeat for new news and
tells you about it?  (Freshmeat's code isn't published either)

Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@debian.org>            Debian GNU/Linux developer
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* Caytln slaps Lisa
<Caytln> catfight :P
<LisaHere> Watch it girl, I like that.
<LisaHere> :)
<Caytln> figures :D

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