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Re: Automatic downloading of non-free software by stuff in main



Adam Borowski writes ("Re: Automatic downloading of non-free software by stuff in main"):
> It looks like we two are in agreement that all non-free software is bad,
> even if we differ wrt how acceptable using it is.  But we disagree about
> the reason _why_:
> 
> * I say that the primary reason is that a person not blessed by the upstream
>   has no way to fix problems.  You can't debug Windows Update to see why
>   your aunt's computer hangs during it.  You can't print a cheat sheet of a
>   GFDLed manual without the cover and invariant sections.  To me, every
>   part of DFSG (other than 4.) solves a real _practical_ problem.
> 
> * the distributions you're talking about state this as a moral issue.

I don't see that this is a sensible distinction.  But anyway, it
doesn't matter.  People who use those downstreams are doing it because
they have decided that they agree with those downstreams' very zealous
objection to non-free software, including firmware etc.

I propose to help those users, and those downstream developers, by
doing some more of the work in Debian.

Ian.

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