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Re: Migration of non-free packages to testing



On Mon, Nov 11, 2002 at 04:16:42PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> The social contract happens to abbreviate "The Debian GNU/Linux
> distribution" as "Debian", when you come along and abbreviate "The
> Debian project" as Debian too, things become confusing. So, obviously,
> you shouldn't do that.

Yup.

> If you're worried about the confusion in the use of phrases like "Debian
> Will Remain 100% Free Software", then the obvious fix is to clarify
> the ambiguity. If you want the Debian project to have nothing to do
> with non-free software, then you should stop confusing the issue --
> and presumably yourself -- by focussing on ambiguities.

Yup.  While we're at it, let's not leave the Debian Project's
non-GNU/Linux products in an undefined state.  There's also Debian
GNU/Hurd and Debian GNU/NetBSD -- these ports are mature enough that
they self-host XFree86, so I consider them fairly far along.  :)

The Social Contract in its current form could be read to imply that the
rules that apply to Debian GNU/Linux don't apply to these other
distributions of ours, and that is not our intent.

> If you're not going to follow that advice, for consistency's sake,
> you probably should note that according to the first point of the
> social contract also says "we will never make the system depend on an
> item of non-free software"; so if you're wanting to treat that point
> as applying to _everything_ Debian distributes, you should probably be
> arguing contrib should be dropped too.

I personally would like to see the SC changed such that we can
distribute anything as official Debian product as long as it is
DFSG-free, which would include stuff in contrib.  But I may be biased
because I maintain a package in contrib.  If giving up autobuilding for
xtrs is what it takes to reach closure on this issue, then I'm willing
to give up autobuilding for xtrs.

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |    I am sorry, but what you have
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    mistaken for malicious intent is
branden@debian.org                 |    nothing more than sheer
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    incompetence!     -- J. L. Rizzo II

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