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Re: [PROPOSED] Change package relations policy to remove references to non-free from main

On Tue, Nov 30, 1999 at 10:02:28PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 01, 1999 at 02:03:48AM +0000, Julian Gilbey wrote:
> > I would encourage people to reread sections 4 and 5 of the social
> > contract.  Debian *acknowledges* the existence of non-free software,
> > and "We acknowledge that some of our users require the use of programs
> > that don't conform to the Debian Free Software Guidelines."  So are we
> > going to make life difficult for them by removing the suggests
> > information?
> The proposal is not about removing the suggests information -- it's about
> casting it into a different (cleaner) form.

As has been pointed out the information contained in Enhances: fields,
if allowed to replace all non-free Suggests: will me much less clean.
I look at /var/lib/dpkg/available frequently, and I am sure that I am
not the only one.  And then I will have to start processing that file
if I want to see any non-free suggestions.

That's not cleaner.

(Mind you, allowing an Enhances field itself is nice, just not if we
are going to remove all non-free Suggests.)



  Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, QMW, Univ. of London. J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
        Debian GNU/Linux Developer,  see http://www.debian.org/~jdg
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