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

On Mon, Mar 08, 2004 at 02:29:31PM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 08, 2004 at 02:08:45PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> > 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.
> One (quite off-topic) question I'm curious about now for a long time:
> Why do you have an ADSL modem which needs a non-free driver in the first

Because it was cheap and i could afford it ? Because it promised linux
support on the box ? Because upstreal promised me that once there is an
alternative to the soft-ADSL library they use (and don't have the source
code for) they would move for it, thus freeing the driver fully ?
Because i didn't want to use a usb modem, which were also not free at
that time, and prefer the confort of having a pci modem and no
extraneous stuff cluttering my desk ?

> place? TTBOMK, there are quite a few alternatives available (although I
> have to admit that I don't have ADSL myself, and things might be
> different in France)

Well, most especially, things were different when i bought it. For the
same price i would buy a adsl modem/router combo today, altough it also
don't comes with free software, so i am not entirely sure i would gain
in the long run about the freedom of my installation. I envy Joeyh and
his fully linux box in router-like size, altough i guess he also doesn't
use ADSL with it.


Sven Luther

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