Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing
Josip Rodin <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.