[yavor at doganov.org: Re: Defining Free Software Business]

Alex Hudson home at alexhudson.com
Tue Jun 27 18:20:33 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-06-27 at 20:03 +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> if you have non-free software you do not use it or support it,
> but write a replacement.  Debian is doing nothing in the vicinity of
> that.  There is a free Java suit that the GNU project has developed,
> yet for some odd reason, Debian feels it wise to include the Sun Java
> suit.

I wasn't going to post again, but I do wish you had read some of the
links I'd posted previously. As an example, this is what Debian is doing
for Free Java:


Each one of those packages was something which was placed in contrib or
non-free, and relied on some aspect of Java which did not work with a
free Java like kaffe. Each one of those has been rescued from the Java
trap. I don't think it's fair for you to characterise Debian as "doing
nothing in the vicinity [of writing a replacement]".

In my previous e-mail, I showed a package listing of non-free which
showed exactly why each package is in non-free, and what Debian is doing
to make the package Free Software or replace it. Java is an excellent
example of the good work Debian does to advance free software IMHO.



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