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Re: [draft] Re: Sun Java available from non-free

On Sat, May 20, 2006 at 02:18:57PM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > Note that the license says "... is distributed *with* your Operating
> > System", and not "is part of". I don't know where you read the "part of"
> > bit? Anyway, we definitely do distribute non-free *with* our OS, it's in
> > debian/pool/non-free on all our mirrors alongside debian/pool/main, and
> > distributing it in the same directory hierarchy is definitity "with" in
> > my book.

> Does that imply, though, that one cannot mirror non-free separately from
> Debian, or put it on a separate CD which one can purchase or distribute
> separately?  For example, such a clause would prevent Debian from
> distributing non-free on a separate server, as proposed a while back.

It may imply this, but this is not a barrier to Debian's inclusion of the
packages under the current non-free regime.

The only real requirement for a package's inclusion in non-free is: "can we
distribute it?"  We don't make any guarantees that other people can also
distribute it outside of a Debian mirror, or on CDs, or anything else.
There have definitely been non-free packages in the past that could *not* be
distributed separately from the Debian mirrors or that could not be
distributed on CDs.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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