Bug#594542: debian-policy: add descriptions for main, contrib, and non-free archive areas
On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:17:16PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> CJ Fearnley <cjf@CJFearnley.com> writes:
> > However, I do wish that we could figure out how to write a
> > minefield-avoiding third sentence for your paragraph on the main archive
> > area that definitively asserts (what I believe we all know to be true)
> > that Debian main is more or less a guarantee that the software therein
> > is freely usable (and distributable) in the broadest sense. That is,
> > that Debian main is unreservedly usable for personal, non-profit,
> > for-profit, or, in short, for any purpose.
> > But I'm blanking on text that would work.
> Isn't that basically what the DFSG says, though? At least, that was the
> logic that I was using.
The DFSG defines freedom in software licenses, but doesn't provide a
statement of assurance to users. Maybe a statement that Debian main
supports the Four Freedoms would turn the prescriptive DFSG into
a qualitative benefits statement.
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