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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[1][2] would turn the prescriptive DFSG into
a qualitative benefits statement.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Freedoms_(software)#Definition
2. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

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