Re: deregulate/purge "non-free"; merge "contrib" & "main"
This would violate the social contract. People wanting to do
this are free to derive a ``pure'' distribution based on Debian that
does not include anything they find morally objectionable.
>>"Will" == Will Lowe <harpo@UDel.Edu> writes:
Will> Here's my reasoning:
Will> Nonfree stuff isn't part of Debian(tm), and never can be. The
Will> current scheme allows _only_ Debian developers to create packages for
Will> non-free, which lends an aura of officialness. Take non-free completely
Will> off of the ftp.debian.org (and mirror) system. Create a
Will> userland.debian.org site (or something similar) which allows non-Debian
Will> people to upload stuff in addition to Debian maintainers. There would,
Will> of course, be lots of notices about how "Nothing here is officially
Will> sanctioned by Debian" and the like. Move all of the current non-free
Will> stuff there.
Will> Perhaps we should get in the habit of pgp (gpg) signing the
Will> Packages.gz files, so that apt could check and see if a mirror is using
Will> the right file, and warn users that they're installing non-Debian
Will> software if they use such a site.
Will> The stuff in contrib, IMO, belongs in Main. The GPL says nothing
Will> about usefulness of software. Of course, I've got no idea how to resolve
Will> the dependency problems this raises.
"Inferiority complex: a conviction by a jury of your fears." anon
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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