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Re: maven2 for Debian

On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 03:59:02PM +0100, Arnaud Vandyck wrote:
> On 3/5/07, Michael Koch <konqueror@gmx.de> wrote:
> [...]
> >> I understand your point of view and respect it. But as we are
> >> responsible in some way of the software we package and distribute, we
> >> cannot distribute a software for Debian that could install non free
> >> software in all ~'s.
> >
> >Binary blobs are not non-free per so. If we would go your route we would
> >have to disable download functionality in e.g. iceweasel as you are
> >*able* to download non-free stuff with it. The download feature in Maven
> >is no problem per se. We just need to figure out how we exactly handle
> >non-installed dependencies.
> How was it build? What are the build/runtime dependencies? These sort
> of things will be a headache. Example: Hibernate have a dependency
> with transaction api you have to download to Sun website; Spring,
> Maven have dependencies against javamail, activation you have to
> download from Sun's website. And for the last two one, we have free
> implementations. Are these implementations in the maven repository so
> the user could use the free implementation or is (s)he obliged to use
> the Maven proprietary one?
> Tom Marble told me he'll work on that issue where a lot of Sun's
> libraries must be downloaded from Sun website with a click on the
> agreement, no source to build them and a non-free license (Sun
> binary...), but in the mean time, what do we do?

What we always did. Upload to contrib or non-free. And in cases the
software is not distributable create an installer package and put it
into contrib.

Unfortunately the world of software isnt fixed right now to be all free
software. But we are on a good road. And we as Debian should provide the
software to our users to help them to do what they wanna do. I'm perhaps
a bit pragmatic here.

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