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

> > Raul Miller <moth@debian.org> writes:
> > > Personally, I think that hard-coding into a DFSG package a reference
> > > to some non-DFSG package is rather grotesque.  I'm disappointed that
> > > we disagree on this issue.

On Thu, Dec 02, 1999 at 07:20:39PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> I don't think that's any worse than having a GPL-compatible package
> reference a non-GPL-compatible package, if we were to have a gpl-only
> distribution.


If we were building an independent (not debian) distribution 
then I can see your point.

But we've already got a definition for what's debian vs. what's not.

And the point is: we are supposed to support non-free packages, we're
not supposed to make them a part of debian.

> Personally, I think as far as words in a packages file go, or as far as
> the output from dpkg -s goes, we ought to be satisfied with just ensuring
> that suggests: foo is only done from a Debian package if foo is another
> Debian package.


Non-free packages aren't debian packages -- even if we've graciously
decided to distribute them from our ftp sites.

I think a lot of people have lost sight of this.


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