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Re: [users] Re: Time to fight for our beloved DEB format!

On Sun, 1 Jul 2001, Matti Airas wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 30, 2001 at 11:57:17PM -0800, Ethan Benson wrote:
> > dpkg -s
> > 
> > you really should rtfm...
> Well, thank you for suggesting so kindly. The '-s' switch does exactly
> what I want, but the manual page didn't even slightly hint of it.
> > since when did we give a damn about commercial environments? 
> Since the time we began working within them, and since the time we
> wanted to maximise the value of the skillset we have invested our
> precious time in. Someday you will as well.
> I never read a single word anywhere stating that Debian would be
> anti-commercial. 

It's not anti-commercial, but it's not pro-commercial either. It's 
unfortunate that people spend so much time worrying about whether GNU/Linux
or Free Software is "good for business" in the sense of selling commercial
software or supporting companies with a business model suited for 
proprietary software. Free Software and GNU/Linux are hugely beneficial
for businesses that USE software, but obviously they don't support
a model that is based on selling licenses or endless upgrades. 

What people really ought to be talking about is how Free Software and
GNU/Linux benefit the largest number of people by preserving all of
their freedoms and allowing everyone equal access to the code. 

The focus of Debian is to produce a quality Free operating system and
huge base of Free Software applications. It's not focused on producing
a system tailored for commercial applications, though I would argue that
Debian is quite suitable for businesses. 

Take care,

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier -=- jbrockmeier@earthlink.net
"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books... Men 
should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives 
and say: I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't, I 
can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that." 
"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" -- James Stewart

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