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Re: non-free and users?

> On Sun, 2004-01-18 at 05:31, Raul Miller wrote:
> > Dropping non-free would prevent Debian developers from distributing any
> > non-free packages (such as GFDL).

On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 11:44:31AM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> No it wouldn't. Nothing would prevent a developer from joining the
> nonfree.org project, etc.

Brushing your teeth prevents tooth decay.  That doesn't mean
that you'll never get cavities if you brush your teeth.

Good car care prevents water and air pollution.  That
doesn't that there will be no water and air pollution
[not even from that car].


> > Perhaps some of this value is pure convenience (being able to use
> > apt-cache search and apt-get install to install documentation for a
> > program they're trying to use).
> That isn't because a package is in Debian, it's because its in
> /etc/apt/sources.list.

And adding entries to /etc/apt/sources.list grants other people
root access to your system.  There's a trust issue here.

Also, there's the namespace issue Ted T'so mentioned.

[rest of message deleted -- just rehashes these points.]


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