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    Non-Free should go after all?
    Submitted by ressu on Friday, October 27, 2000 – 21:29
    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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    Subject: Re: Non-Free should go after all?
    Author: sboss
    Date: Friday, 2000/11/10 – 17:48
    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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    Subject: Re: Non-Free should go after all?
    Author: cob
    Date: Saturday, 2000/10/28 – 00:32
    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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    Subject: Re: Non-Free should go after all?
    Author: ressu
    Date: Saturday, 2000/10/28 – 09:31
    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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