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Re: Debian AMD64 Archive Move

Ed Cogburn writes:
> Wait a second, if you *aren't* Debian, it should be *easier* for you to
> provide non-free, not harder.  The only problem with non-free is the
> internal politics of Debian.  Ubuntu certainly doesn't have any problem
> providing access to, but not support for, non-free.

One of the common reasons for packages to be in non-free is that they have
"non-commercial" clauses in their licenses.  This means that Debian can
distribute them free of charge but they cannot be put on CDs and sold.  In
some cases they may not even be _used_ for anything but "personal use".
Others contain clauses forbidding their use for certain purposes or by
certain agencies.  The only thing you can say for sure about all the
packages in non-free is that Debian can make them available for
downloading.  Anyone contemplating redistributing non-free should examine
the license in every single package.
John Hasler

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