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Re: [all candidates] Return to the desert island (cont.)

Bart Martens <bartm@debian.org> writes:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 07:35:19AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
>> Bart Martens <bartm@debian.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.

Good point.  :)  Sorry, I was being too snarky.  Although changing the
wording is, I think, a bit more complicated; I commented in a different
part of the thread.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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