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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing

Josip Rodin <joy@gkvk.hr> writes:

> On Sat, Nov 09, 2002 at 11:03:46AM -0800, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > > I am a user of many non-free Debian packages and a maintainer of
> > > one, tth.  In an ideal world all non-free software would have free
> > > equivalents and there would be no need for non-free.  Debian subjects
> > > non-free packages to two restrictions:
> > 
> > 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

Hold on a sec.  If the fact that non-free packages are not part of
Debian is a bit of "pointless phraseology", then that sounds like you
are saying that Debian *really* consists of both free and non-free,
regardless of what "ranting phraseology" we happen to use.

I'm inclined to agree with you, but that means that we are violating
the Social Contract.

The *only* grounds for permitting non-free at all associated
officially with Debian is that it is *not* part of Debian, and that
this is a *real* distinction and not a mere phraseological rant.


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