Re: The "Free" vs. "Non-Free" issue
On Sun, Jan 04, 2004 at 10:24:40AM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 04, 2004 at 03:10:59PM +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > All I have seen is vague handwaving along the lines of "There may be
> > people who would prefer to do something else [but I can't think of
> > anything I'd rather do than keep non-free]".
> That's probably because you've ignored all of the "what problem is it
> that we're trying to solve?" content.
IMHO, the problem is already solved, that's why we have this poll in the
The problem that lead to the inclusion of non-free on the Debian servers
was as follows: 'We'd like to have a full Free System, but some key
modules are not there yet. That's why keep this non-free software on our
servers for as long as needed.'
Now, many years later, apparently a lot of Developers think that the
problem has been solved and we do not absolutely need to have non-free
on our servers. A lot disagree with this, of course. That's why we have
this poll, to find out who has the majority.
PS: I hope I paraphrased the historic facts about right. If not, I'm not
very interested in argueing about them.