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Re: The "Free" vs. "Non-Free" issue

On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 04:03:39PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> Yeah, but I've been largely offline for most of the past two years,
> so most of what I did was pretty ancient.
> Let's see... I documented dpkg-deb (and the file format), and helped
> design the semantics for dpkg.  I've supported a variety of small packages
> over the years, though nothing the size and complexity of X.  I was for
> most of several years the gadfly advocating that KDE be relicensed under
> the GPL.

Eh?  KDE's always been under the GPL, hasn't it?  It was Qt that was the
problem, wasn't it?

> But, you're right, I've not done much recently, because I didn't a debian
> machine I trusted to do package signing (and generally I've been relying
> on borrowed machines until last month).
> I've got package changes I'd upload right now, if I could authenticate
> with db.debian.org.  I can't, however, because I have an old pgp key,
> and apparently the infrastructure still hasn't recovered from the recent
> security outage to tell me my new password.
> A lot of that is because I'm rather limited in what else I can do.

The absence of your key in the keyring, while no doubt frustrating, and
while it certainly does hamstring your ability to do package uploads, in
no way prevents you from soliciting sponsored uploads now that you do
have your computer back.

And nothing at all prevents you from drafting and emailing proposals to
fix the things you *do* think are broken in Debian; you've had the power
to do this for the past two years.  What concerns me is that your
activity seems to be only reactive in nature -- as if the only thing
that motivates you to participate in Debian anymore is the opportunity
to call the folly of others to their attention.

G. Branden Robinson                |    I must confess to being surprised
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    by the magnitude of incompatibility
branden@debian.org                 |    with such a minor version bump.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    -- Manoj Srivastava

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