Re: GR: Removal of non-free
On Thu, 8 Jan 2004 15:01:06 -0500, Branden Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> On Fri, Jan 02, 2004 at 04:31:29PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
>> The best way to get rid of non-free would involve writing free
>> replacements for all software in non-free. But that's a lot of
>> work, and I am not going to insist on that people write any
>> On the other hand, the recent proposals for getting rid of non-free
>> appear to me as "solutions looking for a problem" rather than
>> anything I'd want to see implemented.
> Removing non-free would:
> 1) narrow the focus of our labor
> a) either by explicitly reducing the amount of work that is done to
> maintain the non-free section; or
I think if I have to jump through hoops to put my packages out
there, the anount of labour spent on non-free packages would increase
> b) explicitly acknowledging what is tacitly understood, that the
> non-free section is already a second-class citizen that enjoys
> little in the way of QA
Hmm. I guess I need t start doing more QA and porting work
for my non-free packages, then. I fail to see how it expands the
hours that Debian gets of my time.
> 2) improve our détente with other members of the Free Software
> community, particularly the Free Software Foundation; and
And reduce it with people writing GPL code for roguelike
games, for one. And reduce it with users who need their OS to be more
than an ideological toy.
> 3) make us more coherent exemplars of a 100% Free operating system
Oh, I thought we already are :P
> I acknowledge that some people don't feel any of the above goals are
> worth pursuing -- but that doesn't mean that everyone does.
Just like somepeople couldn't care less about our users -- but
that doesn't mean that everyone does.
I would have promised those terrorists a trip to Disneyland if it
would have gotten the hostages released. I thank God they were
satisfied with the missiles and we didn't have to go to that
extreme. Oliver North
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