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Re: "remove this package from another developer" (was: Bug#251983: Please remove libcwd from main; it is licensed under the QPL, which is non-free.)

On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 01:09:13PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 11, 2004 at 10:35:25PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > On Sat, Jul 10, 2004 at 02:03:37PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > > debian-legal is an undelegated advisory body. Ultimately, the final
> > > decision lies with the archive maintainers.
> > 
> > I see.  Where are the archive maintainers' official delegations?
>   http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2003/05/msg00005.html
> IIRC, Martin mentioned this the last time you asked about delegations,
> too.

I don't see any delegations of archive administrators in that message.

The last time I asked about delegations, six months later Martin replied
and said he thought official delegation processes were "against the way
Debian works"[1].

Okay, fair enough.  Archive administration is done by those who roll up
their sleeves and do it -- the people on other end of

By the same token, public DFSG-based analysis of licenses and how they are
applied to the works we ship is done by those who roll up their sleeves and
do it -- the debian-legal mailing list.

I fail to see why debian-legal's "undelegated" status is at all relevant
given our current leadership philsophy.

Martin's mail[1] is well worth reviewing; if people are unhappy with the
way the folks on debian-legal are analyzing licenses, they should to come
forward and propose alternatives.  It's not as if the way debian-legal
really works is hidden from view, so anyone who bothers to actually read
the list traffic is in a good position to make informed recommendations.
Debian-legal's DFSG analyses are among the most transparent processes we

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/11/msg00041.html

G. Branden Robinson                |     Reality is what refuses to go away
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     when I stop believing in it.
branden@debian.org                 |     -- Philip K. Dick
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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