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Re: Debian's "Modify & Redistribute" Policy (was: the ncurses

Bruce writes, replying to Brian White:
> > I agree with you on this.  I personally believe that Debian should relax
> > this requirement about non-modifiable & redistributable code not being
> > suitable for the primary distribution.  I've never seen how it helps any
> > cause other than sticking a finger in the eye of those who might like
> > to keep some medium of control over their work.
> We can't allow it because it prohibits ports, and it prohibits bug-fixes.

And this IMO is an entirely cogent and reasonable objection.

Fortunately there is a way to solve this problem within the Debian license
constraints.  See paragraph 1 of the license constraints in the "Social
Contract" and consider the implications.
		<a href="http://www.ccil.org/~esr";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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