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Re: JRockit in non-free, part II

Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> writes:

> Scripsit Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu>
>> Johan: if you can get BEA to license it under terms which amount to
>> "Begin license.  Any recipient may distribute this code without
>> royalty.  End of License." then it can go in non-free.  But that's a
>> pretty basic requirement even for non-free: that Debian, its mirrors,
>> users, and forkers be able to distribute code.
> Huh? I have always understood that there were only two criteria for
> going into non-free:
>   1. That the Debian mirror network can legally distribute the source
>      and binary packages.

I don't think it's just the registered mirrors that must be able to
distribute.  Rather, the whole mirror network, including the parts
that are unambiguously Not Debian and not bound in any way to obey
Debian's wishes, must be able to distribute.

> Similarly the "specific to Debian" bit is for DFSG freedom and not
> necessary for the non-free archive either.

It is because of the mirror network.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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