Re: Please stop the discrimination of non-free packages
On 22 Nov 2001, James Troup wrote:
> Are you volunteering, to do so? Was Adrian? If not, you better do
> so, so _you_ don't ``discriminate'' against non-free packages!!!!
James, I really know you did an awful lot of work and all people
concerned to Debian have to thank you. Moreover I really understand
your irritation about not carefully choosen words like 'discrimination'.
But how can we get profit from this discussion?
There is a problem: No autobuilders for non-free.
There is a reason for this Problem: Perhaps broken license.
There was a suggestion to have a partly solution: Make a list (perhaps
a positive list where the maintainer of the package is responsible for
adding his package to this list. He knows the license and perhaps can
ask on debian-legal) of packages which *can* be build.
And no, you will not prevent me from suggesting things I consider
reasonable only because I do not volunteer. This is no sane answer
to a suggestion. Nobody has asked *you* to implement it. But perhaps
somebody who is personally interested would volunteer to implement.
If not - what's your problem. Nobody will blame you for not doing
things you have reasons to avoid. There was no offense against you -
just a suggestion how to possibly solve a problem.
If it should come to the case that the suggestion would be implemented
and it will come true that a package is autobuilded but can't because
the broken license forbids this we have the BTS. Just file a bug against
the package and the maintainer has to care about it. He could fix it
by removeing the package from the non-free-autobuilder list - or convince
upstream to fix there license (which would be a very small step foreward
into the right direction).
Kind regards and thanks James for all your fine work