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

Steve Langasek wrote:
> 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.

I certainly didn't mean to suggest otherwise.  Just raising a point for
discussion.  Even non-free licenses could stand improvement towards
becoming less non-free.

- Josh Triplett

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