How to handle non-free parts of a free software project

Manuel Faux manuel.faux at
Tue Nov 12 09:36:27 UTC 2013

On Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:25:16 +0100
drago01 <drago01 at> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM, Manuel Faux <manuel.faux at>
> wrote:
> > I little bit more feedback would be welcome.
> >
> > You don't agree to give the option to manually download the file at
> > all, or don't you agree with NOT packing the file
> > to /usr/lib/jvm/...?
> >
> > By not giving the option to manually link to the file we will loose
> > the functionality to create Java Web Start war files at all. Also
> > other packages require the user to get some non-free files for some
> > specific non-crucial functionality.
> Can't you place it somewhere in the users home directory?
> ~/.netbeans/xyz ? That's how other packages handle that (eclipse
> plugins, firefox plugins etc).
Yes, it's possible. If this is common practice, I will realize it in
that way.

I think there would be an advantage if it would be at a more central
place, so that multi-user systems just need it once, but I don't want
to go a different way than other packages.
> > Just pretend to "downvote" something without any comment does not
> > help anyone at all.
> Indeed "+1" and "-1" mails are just spam.

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