Re: Moving contrib and non-free of master.debian.org
On Thursday 24 June 1999, at 11 h 8, the keyboard of Ionutz Borcoman
> of the packages (main, non-free and contrib), but add these:
> - as suggested, a file that briefly explain why package is in non-free
I agree. Just try to see why TAO is non-free in <http://cgi.debian.org/cgi-bin/
get-copyright?package=tao> to get the idea. But it is not necessary to have a
new file README.non-free. A field in the copyright (of course added by
dh_make) would suffice:
This package is non free because <explain why or delete this line is the
package is free>
> - same stuff added to the description of the package
Yes. At the present time, we have no way to implement VRMS (Virtual rms is a
program which scans your list of installed packages and displays all the
non-free stuff) and it is a problem (if I take over the maintenance of a
Debian box and I want to get rid of all the non-free stuff, I cannot, except
by reading every licence).
Of course, the proposed README.non-free, while ugly, has the advantage that
you don't modify dpkg...
This proposal goes into the right direction; instead of trying to find
pathetic measures to keep people away from non-free, try to make sure that
people who want only free stuff can actually do it (which is not yet
possible). This is freedom, for me.
> If we want to promote the free stuff, then apt/dselect should have by
> default only the main in them. The docos should say how you can add
> non-free and contrib if this is what user want.
Warning: this will crush debian-user under this new FAQ. (Remember the thread