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Re: drop or keep non-free - from users viewpoint

On Sun, Mar 07, 2004 at 04:05:41PM +0100, Markus wrote:
> One last point: I have read that DD which also packages non-free programs
> think that if Debian drops non-free they would need more time for there
> non-free package and for the (maybe) new infrastructure. This is maybe
> true or not. But i think if you define the goal of Debian to create an
> 100% free operating system thats not a problem for Debian.


If i am stopped from maintaining the driver for the ADSL modem that
provides me access to the internet, and thus enables me to do my debian
work, will you step in and pay me (and others who use the same modem) a
new adsl modem that is supported by non-free software.

And do you volunteer to step up, and do the administration of the new
non-free.org infrastructure, which many talk about as it already
existed, but nobody has come forward and implemented without taking
ressources away from the debian project.

Also, i would be interested to know from you what your hardware
configuration is, and tell me about the non-free software you actually
use, or used.

And also, i think you, as the other drop non-free proponent, forget
completely about the work that accompanies a serious non-free packager,
and which includes advocating and lobbying upstream to change to a free
licence, which in my case has proven to be successfull in 50% of the
non-free packages i have maintained.

Finally, i would like to know what do you think about the policy
currently followed by Linus Torvalds and the remainder of kernel worked
concerning the binary driver modules, which maybe you or someone near
you use.


Sven Luther

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