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Re: non-free and users?

Raul Miller wrote:

By distributing non-free Debian increases users dependency.

How?  And, based on that mechanism, to what degree?

To 3.75 :) The important thing is that it increases. It is not so important to what degree.

As I said users are less educated (because they are users) in
complicated questions. They tend to ingnore complicated issues of
the software licensing. On the other side there are users who value
Debian very much because it is the most free OS in the world.

In other words, you don't trust users to be able to think for themselves
about what's good for them and what's bad for them?

You misunderstood me here. I'm talking about developers ethics, not about users ethics. Not about thinking for users, but about software developers and distributors moral responsibility.

Here's the answer I was thinking of: decreasing support for users which
forces them to less free alternatives is a mechanism for increasing
their dependence on non-free software.

You might be right or wrong here. There are three groups: (1) users who use non-free and do not find free replacement (2) users who use non-free and will find free replacement (3) users who do not use non-free. As you already said, (1)+(2) is much less than (3). So the amount of free software users will be decreased mostly by amount in group (1), but will get group (2) which will switch to the free only software.

I think non-free matters to a relatively small group of our users --

Best regards, Sergey Spiridonov

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