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Re: Bug#595427: ITP: winetricks -- Quick and dirty script todownload and install variousredistributable runtime libraries

On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 09:20:21AM +0100, Chris Carr wrote:
> If the new winetricks package were to be called wine-nonfree, that would lay
> the foundations for later efforts ...

Except that it would be a serious misnomer.

First, many of the packages there are free software.  29 out of 120, by my

Then, in the usual Debian parlance, "nonfree" usually suggests proprietary
gratis distributable things.  Winetricks includes a mix of distributable,
non-distributable and even non-gratis software (the last cathegory requires
that you have a valid Windows license).

In the past, there was opposition to shipping random free software for
Windows inside Debian, for good reasons.  And since most of the rest in
undistributable, packaging winetrick as a big installer (in main!) is
probably the best idea.

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		//	adequately explained by malice.

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