spacex wrote:Free software or not, Debian shouldn't go against the developers wishes.
Allow me to disagree.
First of all, you can't say "free-software or not" and do as if it is something one can put aside in this matter. It is in fact all that matters.
The whole point of free software is to leave freedom to the user, it can't be freedom if it comes with caveats.
Don't get me wrong, I think Zawinski's plea in the code is perfectly understandable (however obnoxiously passive aggressive) and just has he acknowledges that, being his work free-software, in the end a user will do "whatever the **** he wants", he should know that a plea like that is just a plea and it doesn't belong in free-software.
Honoring pleas is a noble thing to be willing to do, and to some extent I too feel like we should honor Jamie's, but then again, this is really a matter of freedom and I am not inclined to let even the noble sentiment of honoring pleas trump the importance of being always able to exercise the freedom that is granted by the license.
Xscreensaver has a feature that some users do not want, that feature can be changed because Xscreensaver is free-software and not "use-as-author-wishes-ware".
Asking to do as he wishes is fine, expecting it not so much.
A final consideration must be done about jmz's demeanor. I am definitely not bothered by strong language and cursing, thus I'm not hanging on the mere crudeness of his words.
But the underlining attitude and arrogance, especially directed at users who were trying to have a constructive discussion and bridge the gap between his plea and Debian's policies… well, that made me kinda not care about his plea anymore.
In conclusion, I don't know what happened with Live-Build and I have no idea about what you're referring to when you say you "don't like how Debian handles stuff these days", but this matter is quite simple: it is a most trivial issue (not even a First World Problem, as Steve said, but much much more trivial), handled by jmz in a ridiculously childish and annoying way.