Re: Draft new DFSG
Dale Scheetz wrote:
> > We add a preamble saying both that:
> > 1) Although meeting the DFSG is a necessary condition for a package to
> > be included in the main Debian, not every package that meets these
> > guidelines will necessarily become part of Debian, and one shouldn't
> > view the fact that some program is not part of Debian as a statement
> > by the Debian maintainers that said program does not meet the DFSG.
> > We (the Debian developers) may opt to keep certain packages out of
> > Debian for reasons other than those specified in the DFSG.
> This is a terrible idea!
No it's not. Here are a few reasons we may chose to keep a package out of
debian even though it meets the dfsg:
* because it is of very low quality, and there is already a far superior
alternative that is also free
* because it implements something inherently unsecure, or is written in such
an insecure manner that fixing it would require a rewrite
* because it is 5 gb in size and will only be used by a few hundred people
All of these seem valid to me. The fact is, no-one in their right mind would
wnat to maintain such packages for debian, so they never get into the
distibution in the first place. All free software is *not* in debian, and it
never will be.
see shy jo