Re: [all candidates] Return to the desert island (cont.)
On 2013-03-19 16:39, Jérémy Bobbio wrote:
Dear candidates, do you think that libechonest  should be called
software? As it requires software outside of the distribution to
function, do you think it should be moved to contrib? What about
s3cmd  then?
I don't think that having the facility to fetch or process non-free
data makes software non-free. It is normal for tools to be agnostic
about the licensing of data they process, even in cases where it's
almost certainly non-free. For example, the licensing of DVB broadcast
content is very unlikely to be free, but I don't think we should move
all DVB programs to contrib.
However, I would agree that making our users dependent on non-free data
sources is bad. This kind of problem isn't new: an old example is the
track information used in CD ripping tools. In that case community
efforts created free alternatives that the tools could use instead. As
a general principle, we might want to discourage default installations
of packages from automatically pulling in non-free data and thus
encouraging users to become dependent on it.