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

Colin Watson wrote:

> Syrus Nemat-Nasser <syrus@shiba.ucsd.edu> wrote:
> >On 8 Jun 2000, Chuan-kai Lin wrote:
> >> 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.
> >
> >This may be a good time to transition support for the non-free packages to
> >an organization outside Debian. I imagine that a number of companies would
> >jump at the chance to host the bug tracking system for Debian non-free.
> I sincerely hope we don't have to do this. Regardless of your feelings
> about non-free, it's still hosted in a non-commercial way at the moment.
> If a company decided to host it, I'd always have a niggling fear at the
> back of my mind saying "What if they wanted to charge a 'nominal fee'
> for the 'service' of letting me download from non-free?". The GPL would
> let them do this, for one.
> I would much prefer if some Debian developers got together and hosted a
> non-free archive, in the (IMHO unpleasant) situation where this became
> necessary. There has been talk of this; I hope it won't come to that,
> because it's still more difficult for users to find, it's a waste of
> resources, and concentrating on linking its quality to that of Debian's
> would be doubly hard.
> >Think about this: With the distribution of tools such as Borland's Kylix,
> >there may soon be a flood of non-free Linux applications. Many of these
> >may use a shareware or demo-ware distribution strategy to maximize
> >exposure. Also, with Debian and Debian-derived distributions becoming more
> >popular, there should be Debianized versions of most commercial offerings.
> Even a separate non-free archive couldn't distribute those; at present
> non-free can include pretty much anything that *can* be distributed
> freely. If commercial software companies want to distribute Debian
> packages of their programs for a fee, they're still going to have to do
> it themselves.
> --
> Colin Watson                                     [cjw44@flatline.org.uk]
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Certainly I second Colin. This would be the craziest thing ever, having what Syrus
Nemat-Nasser sees as good!!!!

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