Re: Debian and non-free
Manoj Srivastava wrote:
I think that dilutes the message that those packages are
non-free, and reduces pressure on the authors to release the
documentation under a free license.
I prefer a division by reasons (but it would be a lot more complex,
so probably not feasible):
trademarks, patents, non-commercial,
legal concerns, etc.
e.g. GFDL, various non-free compression programs
and RFC. This is more a political decision
i.e. old binaries/BIOS, which could maybe seen
as orphan works. Some fans could try to free
the worse category
- as netscape and areader, they should be removed
when good alternative are available.
- as for flash: waiting for other project to mature
(which is soon expected)
- e.g. commercial fonts.
-I think JDK is in this category: available good
alternative, but some people need it for
- Maybe also some keys, certificates
Anyway, reading the list of non-free software, I think we could remove
some of the package, e.g.
- album: there are a lot of free alternatives
- agrep: why not packing the old version?
- autodir: we need a free alternative!
- axe: is it obsolete? (last upload in 2006)
- crossvc: obolete?