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Bug#594542: debian-policy: add descriptions for main, contrib, and non-free archive areas

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:38:14AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> CJ Fearnley <cjf@CJFearnley.com> writes:
> > 2.2.1 The main archive area
>     The main archive area comprises the Debian GNU/Linux distribution;
>     only the packages in this area are considered part of the
>     distribution.  None of the packages in the main archive area require
>     software outside of that area to function.

OK, how about this suggestion for a conclusion to Russ' text on the main
archive area:

  Everyone (from end users to redistributors to derivatives) can
  be confident that they can use, share, modify and redistribute
  the software in the Debian main archive area freely<footnote>See
  http://www.debian.org/intro/free for more about what we mean by free

> and then going on to the language already there, which already requires
> that all the packages comply with the DFSG.
> > 2.2.2 The contrib archive area
>     The contrib archive area contains supplemental packages intended to
>     work with the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, but which require
>     software outside of the distribution to either build or function.
>     Apart from this requirement, all software in the contrib archive area
>     complies with the DFSG and with the policy requirements in this
>     manual.
> > 2.2.3 The non-free archive area
>     The non-free archive area contains supplemental packages intended to
>     work with the Debian GNU/Linux distribution that do not comply with
>     the DFSG or have other problems that make their distribution
>     problematic.  They may not comply with all of the policy requirements
>     in this manual due to restrictions on modifications or other
>     limitations.
> I don't think any of the above changes anything normative, so once we
> reach consensus on the wording I can go ahead and apply this.

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