Re: My quite ordinary comment about Re: GR to remove non-free...
On Jun 08 2000, eric a . Farris wrote:
> but, i have been playing around a bit with the new Mandrake 7.1, and
> it sure is sweet...
I think that I have a question: is there any standard or
recommended way to upgrade an RPM-based system in way more or
less similar to Debian's apt-get?
I (and some of my friends) depend on quite a considerable
quantity of non-free packages. :-(
If that RPM upgrade system is possible/easy/convenient, then
it would be an alternative to Debian if this non-free thing
gets in the way (let's hope it does not).
I think that removing non-free from Debian is a bad move right
now, especially since non-free software provides functionality
that free software doesn't. In the future, when there are more
alternatives, it may be reasonable (and even encouraged) to
remove non-free from Debian. But I think that now is not the
Thanks in advance for any help to my question, Roger...
P.S.: When I wrote about non-free software providing functionality not
present in free software, I was thinking mostly (but not exclusively)
of basic tasks like browsing the web.
Rogerio Brito - firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.ime.usp.br/~rbrito/
Nectar homepage: http://www.linux.ime.usp.br/~rbrito/nectar/