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Re: Debian on Infomagic CD

On Sun, 8 Dec 1996, Shaya Potter wrote:

> On Sun, 8 Dec 1996, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> > On Sun, 8 Dec 1996, Shaya Potter wrote:
> > 
> > > On Sun, 8 Dec 1996, Karl Ferguson wrote:
> > > 
> > > > The whole idea for the "non-free" area is that it belongs to programs with
> > > > difficult copyright notices such as it's not to be distributed etc.  I
> > > > seriously doubt that any CD manufacturer will include it on a distributed CD
> > > > because it may well break copyright laws.
> > > > 
> > > This isn't exactly true.  A package can go into non-free if commercial 
> > > use is not allowed.  A CD manufacturer can then put the package on the CD 
> > > if they make a notice that commercial use is prohibited.  At least this 
> > > is how I understand it.
> > 
> > My understanding is that producing a CD for sale (which I do) is a
> > commercial use of the software and therefore not allowed. Pine, on the
> > other hand, is in non-free, but I can distribute it because it's only
> > restriction is that I may not put pine on a CD with proprietary software
> > (this restriction is enough to place it in non-free). It is for each
> > re-distributor to decide which of these packages they can use. That is the
> > reason they are in non-free to begin with.
> I was thinking along the line of something like cucipop, which if I 
> remember correctly is free for personal use, but not for isp's to use and 
> it therefore was put in non-free, but it could probably be distributed on 
> a cd, couldn't it?
Probably yes. But it's still the responsibility of the CD manufacturer to
What I would like to see added to non-free (more than stable/unstable) is
the copyright files for each package, already unpacked, so the packages
don't need to be unpacked to be investigated. This would make it a lot
less work determining which packages might be included under various



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