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Re: Is Debian a common carrier? Was: package rejection

Bruce Perens <bruce@perens.com> writes:

> Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>>Oh, and if we do not specify what the nature of what we package, would it be easier to prove we merely carry packages?  That would really be nice.
> A common carrier carries content from one external point to another as
> directed by the parties exchanging the content without any
> modification of that content. The fact that we assemble the content
> into an aggregate work is sufficient to say we are not a common
> carrier. That aggregate work is functional in a way that no individual
> package is, and putting it together constitutes an independent work of
> creation, carried out by the organization. The vast body of Debian
> policy is concerned with assembling that content into the aggregate
> work, it specifies many details about the content meant to make it
> operate when assembled together.

But that would not include any debian mirror, they would be common


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