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Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el

From: Jean Louis
Subject: Re: [ELPA] New package: repology.el
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2021 12:00:14 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/2.0 (3d08634) (2020-11-07)

* Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> [2021-01-07 10:50]:
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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.

Good way to go is to duplicate repology.org server on other domain and
provide package listings from fully free FSF endorsed GNU/Linux
distributions or non-GNU fully free OS-es such as Replicant.

One other way to go is to ask repology.org to provide access to fully
free software so that package repology.el has access to only those
packages as provided by fully free FSF endorsed GNU/Linux distribution
repositories and those fully free non-GNU OS-es such as Replicant.

Then repology.el could be modified to access the API to fully free
packages ONLY, as then results would not show any proprietary software.


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