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Re: An ammendment (Re: Formal CFV: General Resolution to Abolish Non-Free)

By your argument, again, we ought to just allow everything in.  This
is clearly not what Debian is about.  We are about Free Software here,
folks.  Allowing non-free does not increase net utility; it decreases
it.  The greatest increase in net utility will come by promoting Free
Software rather than non-free software.

-- John

Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd@debian.org> writes:

> (Reformatted for clarity;  debian-vote trimmed)
>   John> What do we need a GR for this?  What makes you think that there is
>   John> utility in us actually providing it?
>   Dirk> What makes *you* think there isn't?  Nice "holier than you" attitude.
>   John> Before you flame, perhaps we could get an answer.  I don't see any
>   John> need at all.  It's already said in most cases, he's just rewording
>   John> it.
> Maximising utility over a set will yield a result at least equal to the
> utility from maximising over a constrained subset of the full set. In other
> words, we cannot be worse off by allowing non-free in. 
> Everybody not wearing your politically tainted glasses clearly sees the
> higher utility from being able to use non-free, if so desired. If our users
> don't want it, they don't use it. That ease. It's about choice, not
> totalitarian prescription.  
> If you want a "politically correct" subset of Debian, go ahead and fork. 
> -- 
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