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Re: A new practical problem with invariant sections?

On Thu, Feb 16, 2006 at 08:13:01PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> I think that it's safe to say that at the time the DFSG was drafted
> it was felt if the patch clause wasn't included in the DFSG that
> some software important to Debian would have been treated as
> non-free.  I think it's also safe to say that we thought that allowing
> that software into Debian was a better idea than excluding it.

According to Branden, it was an attempt to get Qmail into Debian, and
that's treated as non-free anyway.


> The rationale for modifying the DFSG to include this list would
> probably be that we feel that allowing software with these
> (relatively minor) warts in them would be good for the free
> software community.  In part this would be out of respect for
> the FSF and its contributions and decisions.

I have trouble describing the complete prohibition of modifying a
work as a "relatively minor wart".  It seems ironic to waive freedom
requirements for the FSF out of respect for its contributions to free

Glenn Maynard

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