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Bug#1184: kermit blurb in postinst inappropriate

"James A. Robinson" <jimr@simons-rock.edu> writes:

> Wouldn't it be better to just have this message in the DESCRIPTION and
> copyright?  It would seem to make more sense, since it is not a
> installation-related piece of text.  In fact you could have it in the
> DESCRIPTION, copyright, and /usr/doc/kermit just to be extra sure
> people would see it. :)

Good point.  This dates from the days before extended descriptions,
but that's arguably a better place for it than an install-time
message.  It could be argued, though, that it's not properly part
of a description either -- and thus doesn't belong there either.

This info and more is in /usr/doc/kermit.  That's really where it
belongs.  As I said in a separate response, I offered to display
the install-time message because I felt that I was right on the
threshold of being requested not to distribute kermit at all -- even
via the ftp site.  Perhaps it was a mistake.

The concern that Frank expressed to me is that Columbia uses income
from distribution-for-fee via physial media to fund continued kermit
support.  They're very restrictive about distribution channels which
they do not control because they see such channels as a threat to
this income stream.  I thought a plug for the book and a pointer
to Columbia for other distribution options wouldn't be too onerous
for us, and might satisfy Frank.  That's where we've been until now.

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