Re: Freely distributable non-free packages
On Mon, Dec 07, 1998 at 10:15:05AM -0500, Avery Pennarun wrote:
> An interesting feature for non-free packages would be to have a special
> header indicating WHY they are non-free. For example:
> Package: ugly
> Non-Free: unmodified source-only no-fees patents crypto OTHER
> The package maintainer for each non-free package could insert this line, and
> CD distributors could use it to decide which packages they can distribute on
> a CD, depending on their level of paranoia / moral complacency.
The last time this subject came up, it was shot down because it could
make Debian liable for damages resulting from misclassifications.
Personally I say to that: slap a large disclaimer on it and move to a
country where people are less eager to sue you just because they can.
The idea is that the first face shown to people is one they can readily
accept - a more traditional logo. The lunacy element is only revealed
subsequently, via the LunaDude. [excerpted from the Lunatech Identity Manual]