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[gNewSense-users] [Patch] kPovModeler useless in gNewSense

From: Kevin M. Dean
Subject: [gNewSense-users] [Patch] kPovModeler useless in gNewSense
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 04:41:46 -0400
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Today while working on one of my Debian systems, I realized that Debian
ships a program called kPovModeler, which is Free Software. This program
is distributed as a part of the K Desktop Environment, in the
kdegraphics package. So, installing the KDE meta package will pull this
piece of software in too.

What's wrong with this?

kPovModeler is a frontend to PovRay, which is non-Free software. Without
PovRay, kPovModeler does absolutely nothing functional.

I'm concerned that by tying this package into a commonly installed
metapackage (kde installs kdegraphics, which installs kPovModeler) we
silently support non-Free software.

On a more practical side, supporting this package is a waste of time,
disk space and potential manpower when it does nothing without the
non-Free backend.

I've edited the kdegraphics .deb package in the repos as of about 5 AM
GMT and used that to produce the .diff.gz and dsc file that should
replace the ones currently there.

The kdegraphics.orig.tar.gz was not edited directly, and should not need
to be touched at all.

Both the .dsc and the diff.gz file can be found here:
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