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Re: deregulate/purge "non-free"; merge "contrib" & "main"

On Wed, Jun 23, 1999 at 01:36:24PM -0400, Dale Scheetz wrote:
> > > 	The stuff in contrib, IMO, belongs in Main.  The GPL says nothing
> > GPL might not.. but the GPL isn't our litmus test.  It's the DFSG.
> The DFSG is a _licensing_ guildeline and says nothing about functionality.
> The DFSG _does_ allow a warranty disclaimer, doesn't it?
I'm not disagreeing with that.  I just got my hackles raised over "GPL says
nothing" instead of "DFSG says..."

> The issue of what goes into main has always been an issue of the license,
> not local laws, or the degree to which the product is bug free. Trying to
> keep contrib packages out of main just because they don't work is bringing
> in issues not related to licensing freeness.
Where do patents fit in this?  If I write somthing that uses a patented
formula but license my code as BSD...?

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