Re: Request for GR: clarifying the license text licensing / freeness issue
On Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 12:42:41AM +0100, Stephen Gran wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Michelle Konzack said:
> > Am 2007-04-23 19:42:02, schrieb Charles Plessy:
> > > Le Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 12:25:31PM +0200, Josip Rodin a écrit :
> > > > 'We promise that the Debian system and all its components will be free
> > > > according to these guidelines.'.
> > >
> > > Dear Josip,
> > >
> > > are you really sure that the licences are "components of the Debian
> > > system"? If one removes them, the system, on a functionnal point of
> > > view, still works as before... Nothing "Depends:" on the licences.
> > ----[ command 'apt-cache show base-files' ]----------------------------
> > Package: base-files
> > Version: 3.1.2
> > Priority: required
> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > I find this DEPENDS enough!
> Try rm -rf /usr/share/common-licenses/ . Does your system break? No?
> Then you have willfully misunderstood Josip's point.
But, if you do that in base-files, then suddenly half our packages become
non-distributable, because we lose alll right to distribute them.