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Re: freedom-subtracted.debian.org (was: Re: KDE)

On Sat, Mar 13, 1999 at 05:11:42PM +0100, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> > This has been discussed and shot down.  If we start telling other people
> > why things aren't free software we open ourselves to lausuits and other
> > nastiness.
> That's silly. We always say why we consider a package to be non-free. That
> was not the reason. The reason why most objected was that IanJ expected
> everyone to carry out an email discussion with the copyright holder and
> include this in the package.

I'll let Manoj argue this one since his was one of the names I saw making
the above argument.

Certainly in many cases email discussion with the copyright holder ...
won't work:

  To: somebody@sun.com
  Subject: jdk considered non-free


In the above case somebody@sun.com is just going to laugh at you provided
they reply at all and there will end that...

Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@debian.org>            Debian GNU/Linux developer
PGP: E8D68481E3A8BB77 8EE22996C9445FBE            The Source Comes First!
<Overfiend> partycle: I seriously do need a vacation from this package. 
            I actually had a DREAM about introducing a stupid new bug
            into xbase-preinst last night.  That's a Bad Sign.

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