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Re: Bug#207932: Consequences of moving Emacs Manuals to non-free

On Wed, 15 Mar 2006 21:33:25 +0100, Jérôme Marant <jmarant@free.fr> said:

> Sven Joachim <svenjoac@gmx.de> writes:
>> `Recommends' This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.
>> The `Recommends' field should list packages that would be found
>> together with this one in all but unusual installations.

> It is a weak dependency regarding dpkg and apt.  Only dselect
> considers it as a strong one.

And aptitude considers it a mildly strong one in the sense that it will
automatically install recommended packages on initial install (unless
specifically overridden).

> (I hate advocating this but ...)

> I'm surprised there is still a misunderstanding.  Debian decided that
> invariant sections were problematic (you will find rationales
> everywhere on debian sites).  It is not Debian's fault if they do
> exist.  Furthermore, Debian has been giving feedback to the FSF about
> problems in the GFDL for years, but the FSF decided to ignore them.

Just to clarify, AFAIK the FSF has been ignoring Debian only on the
issue of invariant sections, because there seems to be a philosophical
difference between the FSF and Debian regarding whether invariant
sections are OK.  Regarding the other license "bugs", I heard that the
FSF is aware of them and agrees with Debian, but is just slow to fix it.
(I guess getting GPL3 right is more important.)

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