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Re: Notice: GR to remove non-free support from Debian

I don't think this is a good thing.  
Debian is a great distribution, and I do agree, the project shouldn't be
wasting time with bug trackking (except where its the deb that got a problem).
But to do this on a philosophical point is only going to cause problems for the
user base and make it less attractive to new users. 

Personally, if things like Netscape are removed from the archieves, then all
I'm going to do is install my own tarballs, the negative effect of that (and
the fact that it reduces teh effect of the deb database) can't help Debian.

Also, I hope no-one takes this the wrong way, but I always assumed that the
developer list would be talking about finally turning potatoe stable, or maybe
addressing he fact that it's been over a year between Slink and Potatoe.
(PS the fact that Woody exists at all while Potatoe is still 'unstable' is
another thing I would have thought the developers would be discussing)

my 2 cents

> --- Chuan-kai Lin <cklin@oink.cc.ntu.edu.tw> wrote:
> > Just a heads-up guys,
> > 
> > There is a General Resolution proposed by developer
> > John Goerzen that
> > is under discussion on both debian-devel and
> > debian-project, maybe also
> > a few others that I am not aware of.  The nature of
> > the GR is to amend
> > the Social Contract so that Debian will stop
> > distributing non-free
> > packages.  If the GR is passed, then Debian will no
> > longer provide the
> > storage, bandwidth, and bug tracking facilities for
> > non-free packages,
> > including acroread, blender, netscape, jdk, povray,
> > trn, and xanim.
> > 
> > Now it looks likely that the GR will be able to
> > collect the 5 sponsors
> > necessary for it to be recognized as a formal
> > resolution, and after two
> > weeks of open debate, a general vote will decide how
> > this comes out.
> > Only developers can vote, but as this will have
> > profound impacts to the
> > entire project, non-developers should also pay close
> > attention.
> > 
> > Intense debate is already under way.  Whether you
> > are for and against
> > the resolution, let your voice be heard.
> > 
> > -- Chuan-kai Lin

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