Re: [PROPOSED] Change package relations policy to remove references to non-free from main
- To: Raul Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: Julian Gilbey <J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk>, email@example.com
- Subject: Re: [PROPOSED] Change package relations policy to remove references to non-free from main
- From: Julian Gilbey <J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk>
- Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 10:05:00 +0000
- Message-id: <19991201100500.C5799@polya>
- In-reply-to: <19991130220228.F14799@usatoday.com>; from firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, Nov 30, 1999 at 10:02:28PM -0500
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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
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