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Re: Bug#30340: Draft new DFSG - r1.4

On Thu, 3 Dec 1998, Avery Pennarun wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 03, 1998 at 06:01:47PM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > (d) stop having binary-only mirrors.
> > 
> > Which do you think we should do ?
> > 
> > Hint: only (d) is feasible in the short term.  (b) might be feasible
> > later.  (a) and (c) are totally out of the question.
> > 
> > I think we should do (d).
> The binary-only mirrors are not run by Debian, as far as I know.  Everyone
> is free to run whatever kind of mirror they like.  I mirror the wvdial,
> netselect, and popularity-contest packages (albeit with source) at
> www.worldvisions.ca and I don't expect Debian to start restricting me.
> Whether the people who run such mirrors are violating the GPL is not
> strictly our concern.  I would bring up GPL section 3(c), but I'm not
> subscribed to debian-legal.

Indeed, there is a huge market in binary-only CD sales as well. I think
section 3(b) covers them, and AFAIK I thought it was OK to have a binary
only mirror as anyone accessing the mirror would have internet access and
thus access to a non-binary only mirror.

I don't know if section 3(b) can cover our mismatched version, but it
is estimated to double the size of the source archive if we need to
include every version 

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