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On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 08:52:08PM -0700, John Lapeyre wrote:
> *Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > 
> > official.debian.org?
> > non-free.debian.org?
> > 
>   Will such a split make it logistically easier or more difficult to develop
> debian ?

Neither, because those domain names will be virtual and point to a different
directory tree with symlinks in the real tree. Because we only need links
near the root of the file system, the number of needed links would be small.

Both would look the same, but official.debian.org would have no non-free and
contrib symlinks. This is only a suggestion, other people have more
knowledge about archivs and mirroring.

The dinstall process etc would not need to be touched at all.

>  I hate to sound practical, but perhaps that should be considered.
> The current situation still allows developers to develop an 
> entirely free distribution with no extra effort.  And users can 
> get an entirely free distribution with no extra effort. 

How would this change? I did not propose any internal changes, just how it
looks to the outside. If I choose non-free.debian.org, I get the same as
currently ftp.debian.org. If I choose official.debian.org, I get still the
same but without contrib/non-free. What effort do you mean?

> True, it
> is easy to get non-free, but the little bit of extra effort involved is
> to get it, not to leave it out.  How  does making it a bit more difficult
> to get improve things ?

To me both look equal. Both have even the same number of characters in their

>    Maybe we can do what John Conway does at login, and have the user
> factor a large number before he can get non-free :-) .

Hehe. But seriously, what efforts do you mean? I don't understand, honestly.


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