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Re: General Resolution: Handling of the non-free section: proposedBallot

On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 08:08:50PM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 04, 2004 at 07:30:48PM +0100, Remi Vanicat wrote:
> > The problem is not that user consider debian or not, it is that some
> > of them need non-free.
> The question is not whether users need non-free or not, but whether they
> need non-free *to be on debian.org* or not.

Don't trivialise "on debian.org" to just an /etc/apt/sources.list entry
though. The advantage IMHO to having Debian host non-free packages is
quality control such as

1. Bug tracking though bugs.debian.org;
2. Developers vetted and a GPG trust path guaranteed through
   the new maintainer process;
3. Non-free packages must meet same Debian policy as free packages,


Some here claim that #1 is trivial to replicate. I'm not convinced about
the other points though.

I see other people such as David Schleef who are not registered
developers volunteering to help. "Additional developers, such as myself, 
would be willing to work on non-free packages, *provided that they 
are outside of Debian*." That's nice but we don't have any trust path to
Dave or verification of his skills etc.

Ultimately a separate non-free.org will not be as useful.

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish@debian.org> <hamish@cloud.net.au>

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