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Re: Let's CENSOR it! (was: Uploaded anarchism 7.5-1 (source all) to master)

On Tue, Mar 23, 1999 at 10:30 -0600, Steve Greenland wrote:
> On 20-Mar-99, 12:39 (CST), Jonathan P Tomer <phouchg@cif.rochester.edu> wrote: 
> > 3. any data files that are useful -only- for a program in the sw
> > distribution (or which has an installer in the distribution, for certain
> > nonfree things) is allowed.
> What about huge sets of data files that are only useful with a program
> in the distribution. Consider the Tiger map data that Bruce donated.
> Suppose some writes a program to display maps based on that data, and
> puts it in Debian. Does the data get put in the distribution, or etexts?
> (Side note: data like this is why "etexts" is not the best name for
> this section) You could argue that the data isn't useful *only* for
> the program in the distribution, but the reality is that the without
> a decent viewer or other processor, it really isn't useful. I suspect
> there are other similar situations where the number of programs that
> that can use the data approaches one.

It seems to me that what people are looking for is some set of rules that
can be anally followed, so that developers don't have to use any common
sense. If I come across as a bit ratty it's because I'm getting a bit tired
of all these people who fail to see that there is any difference between
ye_olde_foo.{txt|html} and the fortune files or the bible as distributed by
debian. To me it's all about adding value: it's not about being able to
read a text/html file, it's about being able to access the information in
some unique way (and yes, I know some people are going to respond to this
with silly examples just because they can). Bah, I need some food - blood
sugar is getting low...

	Dave the Grump

> Yep, it's a tough problem.
> The installed location probably depends on the contents of the package.
> Steve
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