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Re: [pkg-go] Bug#856139: certspotter: long description advertises commercial service


On Mon, Aug 07 2017, Dr. Bas Wijnen wrote:

>> Example: [s3cmd]
> How is this not in contrib?  This software is useless without the
> non-free service (which is also software, and it is not in main) from
> Amazon.

Using the service doesn't involve running any non-free code *on your
computer*.  So it's free software.

> To be clear: the sort of software (of this type) I expect in main is
> like mumble: it connects to a server, and you can connect to a
> commercially hosted server if you want to, but you can also run your
> own server, because it's free software.  If the mumble server would
> not be free, and the only way to use the client was to connect to a
> commercial server, mumble should not be in main.

I see what you are getting at, but I don't think there is any kind of
consensus in Debian or beyond that this is a requirement for software to
be free.  Perhaps you have a particular clause of the DFSG in mind?

Sean Whitton

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