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Re: Source packages in main building contrib binary packages.

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> I think that if we were shipping a package whose description says
> "Install this and you will have your 3D working" and which would
> automatically download non-free software, we would indeed cheat our
> users.
> On the other hand, if a package is described as "Free software to
> download the proprietary driver foo and install it on your computer
> so that the Debian operating system can make use of it", there would
> be no surprise to our users.

The package would have the bug (release-critical, I think) that its
primary purpose is met only by installing non-free software. No matter
what the package description says, that bug would be there, and would
be grounds for keeping the package out of Debian 'main'.

> Some packages already follow this logic: metacafe-dl and others need
> to interact with some websites whose source code is not available.
> Despite this, they are in main.

They don't require the installation of non-free software in order to
be useable, which is where they significantly diverge from what you're
proposing above.

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Ben Finney

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