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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing



On Sat, Nov 09, 2002 at 10:01:40PM +0100, Josip Rodin wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 09, 2002 at 11:03:46AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > There are no non-free Debian packages, because non-free packages are
> > not part of Debian.  We happen to provide a place for them on the
> > servers, that's all.
> 
> Yeah, whatever, they're there, and you're not helping with pointless
> GNU-like phraseology rants. :P

If it's a "pointless rant", it's not GNU-like, it's
Debian-Social-Contract-like.

http://www.debian.org/social_contract

   1. Debian Will Remain 100% Free Software

      We promise to keep the Debian GNU/Linux Distribution entirely free
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      software. As there are many definitions of free software, we
      ^^^^^^^^
      include the guidelines we use to determine if software is "free"
      below. We will support our users who develop and run non-free
      software on Debian, but we will never make the system depend on an
      item of non-free software.

   5. Programs That Don't Meet Our Free-Software Standards

      We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of programs
      that don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines. We have
                                                                 ^^^^^^^
      created "contrib" and "non-free" areas in our FTP archive for this
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      software. The software in these directories is not part of the
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Debian system, although it has been configured for use with
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Debian. We encourage CD manufacturers to read the licenses of
      software packages in these directories and determine if they can
      distribute that software on their CDs. Thus, although non-free
      software isn't a part of Debian, we support its use, and we
      provide infrastructure (such as our bug-tracking system and
      mailing lists) for non-free software packages.

It is distressing that one of Debian's own webmasters is so unfamiliar
with the Debian Social Contract.

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |    I just wanted to see what it looked
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    like in a spotlight.
branden@debian.org                 |    -- Jim Morrison
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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