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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 02:49:31 -0500

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You've brought us bad news about repology.org.  Not only does it include
nonfree packages with no effort to avoid them, it fails to provide
enough information for us to easily filter them out.

I see two ways we could possibly manage to use repology.org in the
Free World.

* Find a way to distinguish free from nonfree packages.  I see two
ideas One is to snarf the lists of free packages from Debian and
Parabola.  Another is to see if free packages list a license that
shows they are free.  You might have other ideas.

* Ask the developer of repology.org to work with us to indicate which
packages are free, maybe even provide a way to specify "show me only
free packages".

Does anyone have another idea?

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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