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    Non-Free should go after all?
    Posted on Friday, October 27 @ 21:29:19 BST

    Debian
    According to our recent poll, and the comments on the polls. It seams that people DO want to get rid of non-free.. but not just yet...

    according to the poll, almost 80% of the voters use Non-Free software, but still would use a DFSG version of the software if there was one.

    one of the most interesting of the propositions was to remove Non-Free after a named period of time.

    The most used software in Non-Free are (again, according to comments) Gimp-nonfree, Netscape, mpg123 and games like quake.
    And many of these already do have an alternative, but either it's not stable enough for normal usage or it lacks some important feature

    now might be a good time to select your favourite Non-Free software, and make a DFSG version of it, and you just might get someone to help you with it.

     
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    Re: Non-Free should go after all? (Score: 2, Informative)
    by cob on Saturday, October 28 @ 00:32:05 BST
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    Non-Free is nice, its all well to encourage people to go

    out and develop non-free software, but remember that it

    is pretty difficult to even develop Free code sometimes.

    Ressu, if your thinking there should be more non-free

    software out there for linux your right, but the first people

    who I want developing non-free software for linux are

    big companies, with interrests in technological advancements

    and opening research possibilities in universities and such.

    IBM is a nice company who is motivating itself a lot about

    linux with its Free Java Development Kit and Free Speech

    Recognition Software (ViaVoice). Wonderfull company,

    as far as I can say, Microsoft must still die.

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    Re: Non-Free should go after all? (Score: 1)
    by ressu on Saturday, October 28 @ 09:31:01 BST
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    this is according to recent poll.. these are not entirely my opinions.. (actually i objected the idea of removing non-free, even though i try to use non-free alternatives..)

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    Re: Non-Free should go after all? (Score: 1)
    by sboss (scott at sboss dot net) on Friday, November 10 @ 17:48:35 GMT
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    Since Debian is on three CDs now (2 binaries & one SRC) maybe we can shift all the non-free/non-US to a seperate CD as an optional CD. This was all the normal stuff will be on the Main CD(s) and those who want it, can have it and the ones that don't don't. Plus if Debian started this, the commerical software that most of us load (by choice or limited choice) could be loaded also on that Optional CD. Personally, I try to stay with what comes on the Debian CDs but sometimes you have to venture out of the box.

    Just a thought

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