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Re: Subject: Proposal - keep non-free, but commit to actively encouraging making individual packages obsolet

On Sun, Jan 11, 2004 at 05:42:50PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2004 at 09:26:11PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > Also, this means that we will provide free alternatives, which is a bit
> > more but also a bit less than what i propose. In my proposal the free
> > alternatives could well not be packaged (yet). But on the same time, my
> > proposal will not only make us provide free alternatives, but also we
> > will commit to providing a current status information of what the free
> > alternative are, and where they stand in functionality with regard to
> > the non-free package. Other details of my proposal are maybe best left
> > to technical details.
> Mine doesn't say when the free alternatives will be available.
> It can't -- that wouldn't make sense.

As Debian does not develop arbitrary non-debian related software (from a
hive-mind perspective, individual DDs might very well do, but we can't
tell them what to do anyway), this change would alter the technical
direction of the project a fair bit, IMHO.

Just a thought.


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