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Re: just so you won't miss it...

On Mon, 21 Jun 1999, Wichert Akkerman wrote:

> Since I don't want any excuses that people are not aware of this, I will
> copy this vote-request here as well. Please respect the reply-to and
> discuss this on the debian-vote list.

I'll just send this directly to debian-vote(there was no reply-to).

The reason the distinction is not clear now is that ppl want
that feature(to be easy to install debs of any license).
If you try to change that they will just circumvent
whatever measure is in place and make it just as easy,
perhaps making the distinction less clear.

I you want to make the distinction I think there is probably a better
way. Maybe nf-<pkg_name>*.deb or something.

> I already mentioned a while ago that I think that the distinction
> between main and contrib & non-free is becoming less clear, both
> to users and developers.
> The Debian distribution itself consists only of the main-tree. Contrib
> and non-free are there mostly as a (popular) service to our users. But
> the distinction isn't as visible as it used to be; advances in searching
> in the distribution and tools like apt make it very hard to see when
> something is in main and when not. Just using seperate trees in the
> archive isn't as effective a method making the distinction anymore as it
> used to be.
> The social contract has as the very first item `Debian Will Remain 100%
> Free Software'. So we need to do something to make once again clear
> to everyone exactly what Debian is and show more clearly what we don't
> consider to be free. I see two ways of doing that:
> I. Create a new host, nonfree.debian.org and move non-free and contrib
>    there and ask our mirrors if they can consider also mirroring that.
> II. Create a new host, official.debian.org and copy main there and use
>    that consistantly when we refer to the Debian distribution.
> Personally I strongly prefer the first option: it makes it much more
> clear that the Debian distribution contains only DFSG-free software,
> and that contrib and nonfree are an extra. 
> I hereby propose to resolve this matter by General Resolution (ie a
> vote). 
> The ballot will contain the options:
> 1) create nonfree.debian.org domain
> 2) create official.debian.org domain
> 3) keep the current situation
> 4) further discussion
> We'll determine the exact number of voters, Q and the quorum at the
> time the call for votes is send out. Since this resolution is proposed
> by me acting as the Project Leader no sponsors are required.
> Wichert.
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