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Bug#148034: DMUP: Please clarify limitation on news usage

Package: project
Version: N/A; reported 2002-05-24
Severity: wishlist

In the "Mail/News" paragraph of the DMUP, nothing is said about news
at all. However, a few paragraphs further down, it states the following:

  Don't use Debian facilities in a manner which constitutes net abuse.
  Debian does not have any Usenet news servers. It may be that some of the
  Debian machines have access to such a news server, but their use through
  Debian machines is strictly forbidden.

I find this unclear. I assume it means that one cannot a news server
that belongs to an ISP which sponsor the internet connection to this
particular machine, and which limits the usage on that server based
on what the IP address of the connecting client is. This is fine by
me. But what about public news servers? If my interpretation of the
abuse paragraph is correct, should I assume that I am allowed to use
other servers?

A paragraph further down seems to strenghen this assumption:

  Examples of what we consider net abuse:
    * Binary Postings to non-Binary Groups

If using news is not allowed at all in the first place, then this
would be redundant.

So, a clarification as to whether "news is not allowed at all", or
"news is fine as long as you don't use our sponsor's news server"
would have been appreciated.

Tore Anderson

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux lush 2.4.18-xfs-1.1 #1 Fri May 17 18:22:32 CEST 2002 i686

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