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Re: gimp1.2: gimp package suggest non-free software

On Wed, 2003-11-12 at 11:27, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> > http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive.html#s-main
> >
> > "...the packages in main
> >
> >       * must not require a package outside of main for compilation or
> >         execution (thus, the package must not declare a "Depends",
> >         "Recommends", or "Build-Depends" relationship on a non-main
> >         package), ..."
> >
> > Note, no mention of "Suggests".
> No mention is not necessarily approval. It may be just something
> forgot.

If there is an error or omission in policy, that is an entirely
different thing. The current policy still has to be followed. It is the
current agreement. No additional assumptions can be made.

If you think that policy is flawed, then what do you intend to do about

> So you confirm what I thought (yes, I checked this page before):
>    - the support for GIF creation inside the main gimp package, in
>      main, has been removed in favor of a package in non-free, that
>      provide the same functionality (plus patented compression).
> I think this is a serious bug: the functionality of the free version
> has been lowered to promote patent emcumbered package.

I don't understand what you mean. Do you have a solution to the patent
problem, perhaps? Or are you suggesting that a compression-free version
of the GIF format be supported by the gimp package in main?

Fabian Fagerholm <fabbe@paniq.net>

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