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    Which is your favourite variant of Debian you have used?
    Submitted by phill on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 – 16:29

    Debian (Official Mirrors)
    41% (1138 votes)
    Debian & Non-Free
    43% (1197 votes)
    3% (95 votes)
    2% (44 votes)
    8% (219 votes)
    Corel / Xandros
    1% (24 votes)
    2% (42 votes)

    Total votes: 2759

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    Subject: non-free in large numbers
    Author: termos
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/11/13 – 20:35
    how could so many acually use non-free software?
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    Subject: It’s not necessarily just so
    Author: era
    Date: Monday, 2002/12/02 – 08:41
    It’s not necessarily just software. I have one package from non-free on my system and it’s doc-html-w3 (beats me which part of the license puts it in non-free, but there it is). But I’d feel silly if I found out that a package I wanted wasn’t available just because I had failed to put that non-free line in /etc/apt/sources.list — you know, I use this system for production work, and everything which interferes with getting the job done is bad.

    I have, in the past, gone through the motions to replace Netscape with Mozilla, Acrobat reader with xpdf, etc. But if I need a program to get the job done and it’s in non-free, I will install it (and probably not even notice, and if I do, not care).

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    Subject: Re: how could so many acually use non-free software?
    Author: Overfiend
    Date: Monday, 2002/11/18 – 05:54
    They aren’t. Everything from popcon results to file transfer statistics belies that observation.

    Some hooligan is most likely stuffing the ballot box. 🙂

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    Subject: I use non-free stuff…
    Author: glenalec
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/14 – 13:35
    …but mainly for converting non-free file format documents to formats that are free (eg converting .gifs to .pngs).

    Which is why I chose the first option, for although I use some non-free software out of necessity, I don’t like doing so! So my favorite is a pure free Debian. I just don’t get to use my favorite just yet.

    One day….

    Glenn Alexander – the man with no surname and a silly hat.

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    Subject: semi-free
    Author: xtifr
    Date: Thursday, 2002/11/14 – 02:57
    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m perfectly happy with the category called (by the FSF) semi-free software. Basically, software that is free for non-commercial use only — you can look, touch, modify, redistribute, but you just can’t sell it. Of course, for libraries or general-purpose utilities, a semi-free license would kind of suck, but for stuff designed for personal use (editors, games, etc.) it’s perfectly adequate IMO, and not at all immoral (or whatever). Especially for games (zangband rocks!).
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