[linux-elitists] Rick Moen uses gifs on the sly (but don't feel to proud)
Thu May 10 16:53:13 PDT 2001
> >>>>> "H" == Heather <email@example.com> writes:
> H> As a general case, I think it would be a Bad Thing(tm) if the
> H> Debian project managed to get sucked into UNISYS audit
> H> annoyances.
> Well, wouldn't it make sense to have the vrms package -- the
> information freedom watchdog of Debian -- keep an eye on packages
> containing or handling patented data types (like GIF and MP3)?
> A little nagging warning provides a (slight) impetus for Debian admins
> to remove GIF-using packages in favor of GIF-less ones, and MP3
> packages for Ogg or similar ones. Since most package maintainers are
> also package users, they'd probably feel the same niggling conscience
> attacks... and so on.
> This is fairly benign, it's honest, and not too intrusive.
> ~Mr. Bad
Updating vrms to current social mores is a reasonable bug to post, yes.
I don't think lintian Depends:vrms does it? :D
* Heather * It is the business of the future to be dangerous. -- Hawkwind
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