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Re: summary of software licenses in non-free

On Sun, Jan 11, 2004 at 09:05:37AM +0100, Martin Schulze wrote:
> Craig Sanders wrote:
> > -----------
> While I appreciate your effort, non-free means that the package doesn't meet
> the DFSG but can be distributed by Debian and our mirrors.  According to our
> own guidelines the packages are not free, since they fail one or more clauses
> of our guidelines.  Calling then "almost free" or "semi-free" is only sham.

sorry, but you are wrong.

most of the packages in that group *ARE* almost-free.  many of them even
(almost half, at a guess) qualify as 'semi-free' by the FSF's overly strict

admittedly, i should have called that section "OTHER" because there were
several packages in there that did not qualify as almost or semi free, but that
was a mistake due to tiredness and haste rather than a "sham".


PS: it's nice to see people nitpicking over trivial details - it makes a
refreshing change from actually engaging with the substance.  well done!  who
wants to have a productive debate, anyway?  far better to go around and around
in circles, flaming each other over spelling and grammar.

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