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Re: Re: General Resolution: Handling of the non-free section: proposedBallot

On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 10:22:00AM +0100, Massimo Coletti wrote:
> Removing the non-free section will narrow the perspective of the Linux
> world offered by Debian, and somehow limit a degree of freedom currently
> available for Debian users.
> Cutting away non-free software may apper as a revamp of old
> brand-protection policy used often by many software wendors (I don't
> know if you ever heard of a software house that produces a GUI-based
> operating systems, and some software based on it, and a package - SMS -
> useful to distribute software, but ONLY if crafted by the same company...).

	Massimo has demonstrated why we _must_ eventually remove
non-free from our archives.  Users actually think that non-free is a
part of Debian GNU/Linux.  It may not be de jure, but it certainly is in
their minds.


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