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Bug#280673: apt-howto: APT HOWTO is under a non-free license

Package: apt-howto
Version: 1.7.7-3
Severity: serious
Justification: Policy 2.2.1

The Debian documentation policy (http://www.debian.org/doc/docpolicy) reads:

| All manuals of the Debian Documentation Project (DDP) will be released
| under DFSG-compliant licenses

On the other hand the APT HOWTO is released under the GNU FDL.
Debian-legal consensus about the GFDL seems quite clear: it is *not*
a license suitable for releasing DFSG-free software.

The APT-HOWTO should be relicensed under a DFSG-compliant license.
Refer to http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/11/msg00062.html
and the thread that follows, for further details.

I found out this license issue in Woody, but note that it still applies
to current Sid package version (

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux neverland 2.4.27 #1 Mon Aug 9 23:52:28 CEST 2004 i686

Versions of packages apt-howto depends on:
ii  apt-howto-en                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (English)
ii  apt-howto-es                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Spanish)
ii  apt-howto-it                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Italian)
ii  apt-howto-ko                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Korean)
ii  apt-howto-pl                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Polish)
ii  apt-howto-pt-br               1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Portuguese)
ii  apt-howto-ru                  1.7.7-3    A Guide to APT (Russian)

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