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Re: Non-free, Contrib and CDs

> Christian Schwarz wrote:
> > On Sat, 19 Jul 1997, Herbert Xu wrote:
> > 
> > [snip]
> > > I think it would be ludicrous if someone bought a Debian CD that had
> > > (say) KDE on it (presumably in contrib) and found that it won't work
> > > because the QT libraries that it depends on (whose authors have declared
> > > that it can be sold on CDs) is in non-free and thus not on the CD.
> > 
> > Well, that's the reason why the package is in "contrib", and not in
> > "main". People have to live with that.
> Even when we could simply move QT to contrib at no cost to ourselves? I don't
> think that it would be proper if a package that can be distributed on CDs
> (and which our maintainer has actually asked the authors about) isn't
> distributed simply because we've placed it in non-free together with others
> that can't and provide the advice that CDROM producers skip the section if they
> don't ask the authors.

Wait a second. From your previous posting I thought you are just
against distributing anything on CD which depends on something
outside. Now I understand that you are only arguing that QT must go
to contrib instead of non-free. Do you yhink it was mistakenly placed
there or you want to change policy regarding non-free/contrib

If later, I guess that if so many people rise this question, it is
worth to be discussed at large. Starting from the reasons of having
this two directories outside of main distribution and finishing by
assigning may be more appropriate names for them.

I agree that we should not touch "free software guidelines" at the
moment, let's discuss the structure of debian outside of main

Thank you.

Alex Y.

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