Subject: Re: Bug#856139: certspotter: long description
advertises commercial service



On Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 07:58:06AM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Aug 2017, Dr. Bas Wijnen wrote:
> > Ah, that's good then! Still, I think its description has the same
> > problem as certspotter, namely that it recommends the use of a
> > non-free service. In Debian, I would prefer to see a recommendation
> > for the free alternative, while the non-free alternative may be
> > mentioned (or not, depending on what users need).
>
> An important counterpoint is that the long description helps with the
> discoverability of a package. Mentioning a famous non-free service helps
> users discover the package and also notice that there are free
> alternatives.

Yes, I agree. If the non-free service is famous, I think it makes sense to
mention it. However, even in that case I think we should still recommend the
free option(s).

If the free options are limited to a point where it does not make sense to
recommend them to our users, that means the non-free service should be
recommended and IMO that means the program should be in contrib.

Thanks,
Bas

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