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On Thu, 24 Apr 2003 14:14:07 -0400 (EDT)
Todd Berman <tberman@...> wrote:
> Honestly, giving the mplayer peoples preoccupation with the legality
> of what they are doing, if they are providing the downloading, I have
> no doubt it is completely legal.
I have no doubt neither. The point is not legality but more a matter of
personal choice. What I propose with this USE flag is a way to avoid
ebuilds for free softwares to hardly depend on non-free software, in
order to allow people who want it to build a 100% free system.
But the problem is that it would be a lot of work: we should determine
what are the free and the non-free licenses used in Gentoo (there are
currently 208 license in portage!), to list free packages currently
depending on non-free packages (this is the easiest part, doable with a
few scripts), and to modify their ebuilds (doable by hand for a fews
tens ebuilds, but not hundreds. And I have no idea of how many such
ebuilds we would find).
Thomas de Grenier de Latour.
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