Bug#332782: Please explain the etch-ignore tag
On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 12:32:54AM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> Hi, could you please explain why this bug has been granted an
> etch-ignore tag?
> Why is it "not meaningfully an RC bug for etch"?
> Is Debian going to have a release with *non-free* release notes?
> *Another* one?!?
First of all, the release notes are not packaged; Policy 2.2.1, which you
cited as the justification of your bug report, governs *packages* including
in the 'main' component of the archive.
Second, you've already cited, from http://www.debian.org/doc/docpolicy, a
statement of intent that the release notes will be released under a
DFSG-free license; and we have no reason to believe that the copyright
holders (who are, um... a bunch of Debian developers) have any intention to
do otherwise. This is effectively a clarical error -- yes, it's unfortunate
that we don't have a clear statement of the conditions under which people
are allowed to reuse the release notes, but there is a clearly implicit
grant of reproduction rights, since we ship these release notes on the
Third, there is simply no reason that we should delay the etch release while
each contributor is tracked down for sign-off on a licensing proposal.
If you want to see this bug resolved for etch, please:
- propose a license on the debian-doc list
- once a consensus is reached there, contact individual contributors to the
release notes requesting a license grant
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