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Re: Q for all candidates: license and copyright requirements

On Sun, Mar 21 2010, Russ Allbery wrote:

> Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> writes:
>> On the contrary, I'm against point (2) of the GR. I do consider our
>> source packages to be part of Debian and hence subject to DFSG. If
>> something in upstream tarball is non-free, I believe we should do
>> repacking (there, we might use a bit more standardization on how we
>> implement get-orig-source in such cases, but that's a different
>> issue). In fact, doing that might even be a way to push our upstream to
>> get rid of those non-free bits from their tarballs as well.
> In my experience, it definitely is.  It can cause some upstream grumbling,
> but for example the next major version of OpenAFS will be usable without
> repacking (although I may end up still repacking to delete the very large
> WINNT directory that isn't used in the Debian build).

        I think that if Debian wants to still considered to be a part of
 the open source/free software community, it _has_ to contain the
 sources of the software. If the source software is a part of Debian (as
 it should be, in my opinion), the DFSG applies (seems somewhat weasely
 to try to wriggle our way out of the DFSG otherwise).

        If we want to change our foundation documents, and remove the
 awoval to the concept of being 100% free, or to say that Debian, and
 thus the parts of Debian covered by the DFSG, are just the binary bits,
 then we can do so via constitutionally approved methods like GR's with
 appropriate majority requirements.

        Is this what is being considered?

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