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Re: mpeg encoder patents, Was: Bug#501190: ITP: moonlight

On Tue, Oct 07 2008, Reinhard Tartler wrote:

> Didier Raboud <didier@raboud.com> writes:
>>>  - source packages in 'main' may build-depend on packages in 'patented'
>> This is problematic for a self-buildable main everywhere, no ?
> This means that buildds would need to add both 'main' and 'patented' to
> their sources.list, right.
> Do you see a particular problem with requiring that?

        Yes. I think main should remain self contained.  This is the
 same reason we have a contrib section -- packages in contrib can not be
 built with the software contained in main.

,----[ Debian Technical Policy ]
| 2.2.1. The main category
| ------------------------
|      Every package in _main_ must comply with the DFSG (Debian Free
|      Software Guidelines).
|      In addition, the packages in _main_
|         * must not require a package outside of _main_ for compilation or
|           execution (thus, the package must not declare a "Depends",
|           "Recommends", or "Build-Depends" relationship on a non-_main_
|           package),

        I do not see why we should change this invariant to pander to
 software patents.

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