Re: The "Free" vs. "Non-Free" issue
On Tue, 6 Jan 2004 22:39:13 +0000, Andrew M A Cater <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> One non-free package which can be replaced relatively
> straightforwardly: mpg123 (non-free) is approximately equal to
> mpg321 (in main)
> Just a datum point - I expect I'll now get lots of people
> contradicting me but one package would be a start :)
> To reiterate one of my points in favour of Debian and the Debian
> Project infrastructure being considered entirely as DFSG-free: if as
> a project, we were to concentrate henceforward only on DFSG-free
> software, it might be easier for me to convince my bosses that they
> could use Debian more freely and not risk paying large licence fees
> / face copyright infringement [which I can't categorically say for
> any commercial distribution]. They are worried by FUD.
And it would make it harder for me to convince some people who
are currently considering Debian for practical reasons. So what?
Anecdotally, I would think we would lose more mainstream users,
rather than gain them, if we went for total ideological purity.
"It's the best thing since professional golfers on 'ludes." Rick
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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