Re: [all candidates] Return to the desert island (cont.)
On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 07:35:19AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Bart Martens <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 05:09:00PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> >> note that free software interfaces to proprietary cloud platforms are
> >> frequently used to manipulate the data in those platforms including
> >> pull data *out* of those platforms. It would be quite ironic if we
> >> refused to include in the distribution the tools required to pull one's
> >> data out of non-free platforms.
> > An interface to facebook or to twitter or to the internet movie database
> > or to websites with stock quotes may be freely redistributed but
> > "requires software outside of the distribution to function". Why do we
> > make exceptions depending on how "ironic" things are ?
> Because, similar to how all evil plans for taking over the world should be
> run past a fifth grader first, all grand principles of ideology should be
> checked for whether their actual outcomes are silly.
Which is why I'm open to change debian-policy or move packages from main to
contrib depending on what's the least silly.