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Re: Please remove RFCs from the documentation in Debian packages



On 03 Jul 2003 23:45:56 -0500
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 2003-07-03 at 15:19, Thomas Viehmann wrote:
> > Cameron Patrick wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 02:36:48PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > | Well, once you folks have come up with a definition of "software", you
> > > | be sure and let us know.
> > > How about "anything included in Debian"?  That way we won't be in danger
> > > of violating the Social Contract #1.
> > 
> > Oh, cool. How about changing in DFSG to "Anything that can go in main or contrib."
> 
> Because that's a circular definition. Saying everything in Debian is
> software, is not.
> 
> It's also the only reasonable way to define software. Or at least, the
> only reasonable way I (or anyone else who has voiced their opinion on
> this issue here) have come up with in 3 years, and it's not for a lack
> of trying.

The assumption in his suggestion was that it would no longer be the
"Debian Free Software Guidelines", but the "Debian Free main/contrib
Guidelines". ie: if it's going to go into main or contrib, it needs to
meet the guidelines.

Except for the title, the DFSG is very content-agnostic. It can be
applied equally well to software, fiction, nonfiction, images, what have
you.

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