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Re: Non-free, Contrib and CDs (Was Re: GNU Win32? Not anymore.)

On Sun, 20 Jul 1997, Herbert Xu wrote:

> 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.

People have said, we can't include packages from non-free on CD because
the opens us up to legal complications.  Why not pnly include the packages
which we have explicit premission to include.  Maybe get a form written up
that the authors can fill out and pgp sign if we want to be anal about it.
(not that being anal in this case is all that bad)


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