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Re: mass bug filing for unmet dependencies

Raul Miller writes:

> On Thu, Oct 28, 2004 at 08:27:47PM -0400, Michael Poole wrote:
> > Regardless of whether "works" and "components" mean the same as
> > "software," a computer's BIOS is a work, component and software.
> > Commercial IM and Microsoft Exchange servers are works and software
> > (and a component, but not clearly a component of the Debian system).
> > Packages in Debian clearly require those to function.  Why not move
> > those dependent packages into contrib?
> The bios dependency would affect every package in Debian, which would
> conflict with the part of the social contract which specifies "main".

Conflict in what way?  It says "contrib" and "non-free" are for works
that do not conform to the DFSG.  Packages in "contrib" conform to the
DFSG but depend on software that does not.  If I interpret the SC's
statement about "contrib" and "non-free" so it agrees with Policy, I
see no conflict.  Boot loaders currently in "main" conform to the DFSG
but depend on a BIOS, and there is no free BIOS in "main."

Michael Poole

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