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Documentation and Sarge's Release Critical Policy

Hi all,

[message BCCed to aj]

I wanted you all to be aware how Sarge is treating Documentation and the
DFSG: <http://people.debian.org/~ajt/sarge_rc_policy.txt>

   Documentation in main and contrib must be freely distributable,
   and wherever possible should be under a DFSG-free license. This
   will likely become a requirement post-sarge.

What this means is that even though people like myself have argued that
all software (including its associated documentation) in main and
contrib should be DFSG-free, the fact that some documentation is not
DFSG-free should not hold up the release of Sarge.

If release critical bugs are filed against the DFSG-freeness of
documentation then it is likely the bug report should be also tagged
"sarge-ignore" [after explicit authorisation from the release manager,
note the authorisiation typo in sarge_rc_policy.txt].

Given the aggressive (and endearingly optimistic) timetable of releasing
Sarge this December[0!] I support this pragmatic decision.


[1] <http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2003/debian-devel-announce-200308/msg00010.html>

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