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Re: Whether remotely running software is considered "software" for Debian.




On Aug 28 2017, Andrey Rahmatullin <wrar@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> My position is that it should acceptable for a program in main to require
> a non-free service, or data, or whatever, as long as that program itself
> is free and running it doesn't compromise the freedom of the user.
> contrib should be for wrappers, downloaders etc. The policy uses the word
> "supplemental".

If this is your position, then your position on the unrar scenario
should logically be that putting the non-free components on a server
somewhere is sufficient to allow unrar into main. If not, please
explain.

>> Finally, for the third time, please explain your position on my hypothetical
>> unrar-nonfree scenario.
>
> I don't have a position in that scenario because I don't intend to dig it
> and examine it.

There is no need to dig and examine. Bas has provided all the context
that is necessary.

> I don't know why are you counting times unless you view this
> discussion as a battle between you and the world.

I probably share your point of view rather than Bas', but the way you
represent it is a disservice. It makes you look silly and for some
reason unwilling to address Bas core argument.

Best,
-Nikolaus

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