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Re: Mass bug filing: Cryptographic protection against modification

On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 08:32:49AM -0700, Brian Nelson wrote:
> Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org> writes:
> > On Wed, May 05, 2004 at 10:54:10AM +0200, Eike zyro Sauer wrote:
> >> Good point.
> >> If this doesn't stop people saying every bit of Debian 
> >> has to be DFSG free, nothing will.
> >> Please file a bug.
> >
> > No, please don't. (A.k.a. "get a grip".)
> He's making a valid point.  The social contract now reads, "Debian will
> remain 100% free", and since license files are part of Debian, that's a
> violation of the contract.
> Previously, it was OK since Debian was only required to be "100% free
> software" and those license files could be considered external to the
> actual software work.  In other words, the software (even including data
> and documentation if you'd like) had to be free but the accompanying
> license files did not.  If we now insist on "100% free", I fail to see
> how we can justify this.
> The only defense against this argument I've seen is stuff like "Fuck
> off", "Get a grip", "Go away", etc.  If you want to stick your head in
> the sand, go right ahead, but that doesn't make the problem go away.

I guess if you want to play Nomic games with Debian and drive it off a
cliff so that we can never do anything again, that's fine, but I prefer
to use a modicum of common sense myself.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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