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

On Tue, Sep 02, 2003 at 04:56:51PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 02, 2003 at 05:46:58PM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> > 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.
> The usual reasons are that they don't allow sufficient redistribution
> for us to include them in the Debian archive at all, or that they don't
> allow distribution of modified versions (including Debian packages
> constructed from them).

An installer package could create a Debian package "on the fly"...

I don't think this would break any licenses.

It would also allow vrms to detect it as non-free software.
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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