See about not using "contrib and non-free" on The Perfect Server

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Milly, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. Milly

    Milly Member

    Talking about Debian's philosophy I have the following doubt:

    In the tutorial The Perfect Server - Debian 10 with Apache I see that all software can be installed without adding the "contrib non-free" repositories.

    The only package that cannot be installed is unrar.

    I would like to know if avoiding adding "contrib non-free" repositories and not installing unrar would seriously affect the server?

    Thank you
  2. Taleman

    Taleman Well-Known Member HowtoForge Supporter

    If you do not need to unpack .rar archives, you do not need unrar. To just avoid using non-free, install unrar-free instead of unrar.
    I thought only Richard M. Stallman wanted to avoid non-free, but if there are two persons in the world to do that then I guess it is worth having a separate non-free repository for Debian.
  3. Milly

    Milly Member

    Thanks for answering my question. About Richard M. Stallman is a good score, but you are right, it is not necessary to be so extreme.

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