Splitting non-US into "crypto" and "patent" a good idea?
Hi, I just thought I'd pop by, subscribe, and toss this idea in,
because I've been thinking of it for quite a while. While I haven't
searched the archives yet (sorry if this has come up in the past), I
haven't seen anything on it, so here goes:
Why not split non-US into "crypto" and "patents"? The reason being:
different countries have different laws, and splitting content from
presentation is generally considered a good idea. This would end all
this "put crypto in main" talk because US based entities could
distribute crypto and main, while French (for example) could
distribute main and patents.
Or something like that.
I'm thinking that the Right Way To Do It would be something like
tagging packages with info of whether they have crypto, patents, both,
or neither, or if they are non-free and have crypto, or if they're
just non-free, etc etc, and having software sorting it out
automatically. Preferably having it done so that new tags could be
added later, in case a new issue pops up (if packages like
fortune-offensive would be chosen illegal in some countries, for
example, or if a bible-study package would be forbidden somewhere, or
if certain book-packages like anarchism and cfi would be. Okay, these
are just examples, and bad ones).
This would be hard work of course, so perhaps I should just shut up. I
was just wondering if anyone had been thinking along these lines
The main advantage would be the ability to easily make custom packages
for different countries.
(While totally off-topic to debian-legal, but very related to this
email, another package-related idea would be to allow "subcategories"
like internationalizion packages, or theme-packages, that only the
interested would want to descend into. Or just use tagging with that
Listen, I'm sorry if this entire letter is off-topic and should go to
a dpgk-related list instead. I'm new to the mailing list part of
Debian, I've just been a user for a while. Please let me know.