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Re: vrms and contrib installers (was: Re: "non-free" software included in contrib)

Op di 02-09-2003, om 17:46 schreef Mathieu Roy:
> So, is there any obvious reason why some proprietary software get a
> "installer" package in contrib instead of a debian package in
> non-free? For instance, why the non-free flashplayer does not get a
> true debian package in non-free, to benefit truly of the debian tools.

There's one single requirement for software to go in non-free: we have
to be allowed to redistribute it.

In some cases, the license prohibits the act of redistribution -- even
if the software itself can be downloaded gratis from the author's
website. That's when installer packages get written :-)

Wouter Verhelst
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