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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing

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I demand that Philipp Wolfer may or may not have written...

> On 09.11.2002 20:03, 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.

> Oh well, the world is not that simple. Only because you don't want
> something to exist it doesn't cease to exist. Even if non-free packages are
> not in the official Debian distribution they are still available over it.

Which, AFAICS, should not be a problem; so long as the position is clear to
all concerned.

> I would love to see all non-free packages be replaced by free equivalents,
> but at the moment that's not the case.

Whether it will ever be the case, I don't know; take, for example,
spectrum-roms. Either somebody's going to have to come up with suitable free
ROM images or it will need to be replaced by a script which fetches the
images from some other FTP or web site (possibly one of a selection). OTOH,
Amstrad allow the distribution of the ZX Spectrum ROM images... again, it
comes down to a matter of convenience that they're packaged in Debian format.
(Oh, and as you've probably noticed, I plan to package FUSE which, while
itself free, needs these ROM images.)

My position on this is that non-free should be kept with individual
autobuilder admins deciding whether to autobuild non-free packages (given a
blacklist of packages which can't be autobuilt for legal reasons).

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