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Re: Debian and non-free

On Tue, 16 Sep 2008, David Paleino wrote:
> If I were a DD (-- and I'm NM), I'd think a bit more before proposing a GR to
> *completely* remove non-free. Non-free is, for some users, necessary (I'd

You'd better.  If the GR only has two choices (remove non-free to the
bitbucket and the default), the outcome is pretty clear: the default.

> happily --purge flashplugin-nonfree, but I can't -- I need it [work,
> university, $foo]).

contrib is to go to the bitbucket too?  Wow, that's bold :-)

> Instead of removing non-free, I'd support the idea of non-free.org, and if that
> will make the FSF endorse us again, why not? :)

Now, that as a second option to the GR might even fly, but only if we get an
email from DSA that says they can and will do it.  Otherwise, well...

> Non-free is there just because the free counterparts aren't optimal. Someday
> these will, and non-free will just disappear from Debian :)

I seriously doubt that, but as long as we have contrib to dump installer
packages for firmware, game data packagers, some fonts, processor microcode
and other such stuff, we could manage without non-free.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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