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Re: System libraries and the GPLv2

On 26/03/17 01:01, Walter Landry wrote:
> Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> wrote:
>>> #5 Declare GMP to be a system library.
>> (snip)
>>> #5 was how Fedora looked at the OpenSSL library issue. Since Debian
>>> has another viewpoint on OpenSSL I somehow doubt we would use it for
>>> GMP.
>> I would like to suggest to treat more libraries as eligible for the
>> system library exception within Debian.
> The traditional interpretation as I understand it is that nothing
> Debian ships qualifies for the the system exception.  This is because
> Debian ships everything together, and the system exception only
> applies for components that do not accompany the executable.

Debian ships everything together? Really?
Then why we need repositories and apt-get at all?

I think that any package that is essential for the base OS
(aka Priority: required) should qualify for the system exception.

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