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Re: Package with non-free build-depends

On Mon, Dec 02, 2002 at 12:27:09PM +0100, Josip Rodin wrote:
> > Hm, I don't think I like this.  The gif images aren't the preferred form
> > of modification.  Would we accept it if someone had a program written in
> > a language which only had a non-free compiler, then uploaded source
> > packages to main which contained object files, and just set
> > Architecture: i386 ?  I don't think so.
> That's the wrong analogy, because images are not programs, they are data.
> If I wrote this email in a non-free editor, would you consider the data in
> the email non-free just because of that?

On the other hand, if you change the program, you would like to change
the documentation along with it, yes?  And in an entirely free system,
doing so would either destroy the images or leave them incorrect.
Losing a feature just because you recompile is not the mark of a free program.

Richard Braakman

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