Okular is doing the right thing. NOT.
Posted Jun 3, 2009 10:18 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: Okular is doing the right thing. NOT.
Parent article: Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions
You're wrong. Free software is about you being able to scratch your own
required, not about having all your itches proactively scratched for you
Free software authors (or distributors) are under no obligation whatsoever
to cater to the wishes of »as many users as possible«. If they don't, they
may have to
accept the fact that nobody but themselves may be interested in their
output, but if they're cool with that then it is totally
their option. The
whole point of free software is that you are (or anyone is) free to change
a free program to suit different preferences than those of its
original author, and to pass the changed program on to others.
So if the Debian KDE people won't uncheck that box for you, then you will
unfortunately have to do it yourself, or else find another distribution
that comes with it unchecked. You could even create your own Debian
derivative that is 100% identical to Debian in every respect except that
it has that box unchecked, and distribute that for the benefit of all the
other users who aren't prepared to bear the cost of figuring out how to
uncheck the box themselves. This is what free software is about,
everything perfect for everybody out of the box, which is obviously
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