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Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program

On Thu, 2005-11-03 at 15:51 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Erast Benson <erast@gnusolaris.org> wrote:
> > (a) to ship packaged OpenSolaris core on "main" CD, and the rest of
> > GPL-filtered software, will go on "Companion" CD, or through APT
> > repository later on. This is doable, since OpenSolaris core has
> > everything it needs to be installed as a base system. We will try look
> > carefully into GPL vs. LGPL vs. dual-licensed GPL and will clean up
> > Nexenta to be complient with requests on this mailing lists.
> Remember that dpkg is GPLed, so there's a slightly awkward bootstrapping
> issue.

I personally with community help will re-write stripped down CDDL
variant of dpkg. Will Debian community be happy? But this is sort of
duplication of work. I do not think that the goal of Debian community is
to force developers do duplicate their work.

If Debian really wans to be "system runtime" independent, and would like
to have Debian GNU/Solaris port, it should release dpkg as LGPL
software. This should help FreeBSD and GNU/Solaris non-glibc ports to


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