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Re: potential MBF: first alternate depends not available in main

On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 09:41:00AM -0500, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> Why?  If the user has made the choice to use non-free and the maintainer 
> concludes that's a more technically capable solution for users that choose to 
> use it, why should the project raise barriers to that choice?

Because packages not in Debian will be pulled in by packages in main
automatically.  And also because, for better or for worse, handling
non-initial alternate dependencies is still very much of a crapshoot in
Debian.  Thus the first alternative will be the most likely to be
installed in a variety of situations, and that should be something in
main if possible.  It avoids breakage in the situation where non-free
and contrib are *not* in use, and it prioritizes the closure of main
over the use of non-free software.

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
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