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Re: General Resolution: Removing non-free, Draft 2



On Wed, Jun 07, 2000 at 07:42:37AM -0400, Michael Alan Dorman wrote:
> >   1. That text of Section 5 be modified to read: "We acknowledge
> >   that some of our users require the use of programs that don't
> >   conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines.  While we will not
> >   distribute such software itself, we have created areas in our
> >   archive for packages that help install or otherwise requre this
> >   software.  The software in these areas is not part of the Debian
> >   system, although it has been configured for use with Debian."  The
> >   title of Section 5 shall be modified to read: "We will support
> >   users of our system who develop or run non-free software."
> 
> I find the wording of your proposed second sentence confusing.  "we
> will not distribute" and "we have created areas in our archive" seem
> at odds with me---it sounds like you're saying there will be some new
> area created on, say, ftp-master for holding non-free software, but
> that we will not allow it to be mirrored?  At the risk of bogging
> things down in discussing mechanism, could you perhaps clarify this
> here with specifics?

I think you are possibly reading the proposed changes with the original
unamended section in mind.  Note that this amendment completely replaces
the text of section 5.

Here's the section as it would read with amendments:

  5. We Will Support Users of Our System Who Develop Or Run Non-Free Software.

     We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of programs that
     don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines.  While we will
     not distribute such software itself, we have created areas in our
     archive for packages that help install or otherwise requre this
     software.  The software in these areas is not part of the Debian
     system, although it has been configured for use with Debian.

So, while we won't distribute non-free software ITSELF, we will continue to
have sections in our archive that HELP INSTALL or otherwise REQUIRE
non-free software.  In other words, we will continue to have the contrib
section.

What suggestions do you have for further clarification?

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