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Re: The proposed GR: catch-22

On 8 Jun 2000, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:

> Mark Brown <broonie@tardis.ed.ac.uk> writes:
> > It's not just the location of the archive that provides convenience to
> > users.  It's also the integration with the actual Debian distribution -
> > things like the BTS and the quality control that goes with it matter
> > too. 
> Unfortunately, it also leads to significant user confusion.  Already
> developers are having trouble, and describe the proposed resolution as
> "removing non-free from Debian".  The current situation makes non-free
> part of Debian in all but name, and most users and many Debian
> developers frequently get them confused.

	Are there some statistics that users are confused?  When installing
Debian a screen comes up and asks if the user would like access to the
non-free sections of Debian and it explains what non-free is.  Perhaps this
should be enhanced and made more clear if there is confusion.  Instead the
proposal claims removal is necessary.  If users are confused, let us educate
them instead of attempting to remove from their sight what currently exists.
	Developers are very unlikely to be confused for they are required
to read and agree to the documents which clarify Debian's policy on this.
If those outside of Debian are confused again let us educate them.
	There are books around the world which contain ideas many do not
agree with.  Those who disagree with them should make their reasons clear
and state why they do not, the books should not be burned.


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