Re: main or contrib?
Marco d'Itri writes:
> email@example.com wrote:
>>Various programs in main behave markedly different in the absence of
>>certain proprietary network server software -- IM client programs come
>>to mind. Do those bits need to be removed from main?
> I remember that this was settled on debian-policy@ long ago
> (debian-legal@ did not exist yet...).
As far as I can tell,  is the only thread that predates -legal and
touches on this issue. As far as it comes to a conclusion, it is that
bits that depend on non-main packages must go into contrib or
non-free. This is consistent with the much more recent work to move
firmware-loading kernel drivers out of main. Are IM client programs
exempt from this, or should bugs be filed with appropriate severity?