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<p>On Sat, 11 Aug 2012, 23:37:23 EST, Adam Bolte <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:
<br>> > On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 09:05:26AM +1000, Karl Goetz wrote:
<br>> > > > On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 10:56:27PM +1000, Dmitry Smirnov wrote:
<br>> > > > However let's not forget about some multimedia content
<br>> > > > there which is not necessarily evil but merely a non-fit for
<br>> > > > strict 'main' criteria.
<br>> > > Heck, if we can get the Debian distribution good enough to make forks
<br>> > > like gNewSense practically redundant, perhaps contributors to those
<br>> > > projects might like to instead work on maintaining such a repository?
<br>> > Not sure i follow - people who want to use free software so much they
<br>> > contribute to an fsf free distro will be very unlikely to start
<br>> > working on a nonfree repo.
<br>> Not everybody's definition of free software is exactly the same. FSF
<br>> free != DFSG free.
<br>> My understanding is that Dmitry was referring to free software that is
<br>> thought to potentially infringe on patents or otherwise not be
<br>> considered free by the DFSG. This is why I also referred to the GFDL
<br>> documentation which would be a similar situation - it is considered free
<br>> by the FSF yet excluded from main. If other distributions use the FSF
<br>> definition and would normally include such items, they might perhaps
<br>> choose to make a Debian repository instead to do just that. It would be
<br>> a lot less effort than maintaining an entire distribution fork, if they
<br>> felt so inclined.
<br>Ah, I see what you mean. The people who worked on free distros would contribute to maintaining the doco or patent encumbered packages.
<br>While i cant comment on the likelyhood in general, i will note if proprietary software was in the same repo they would be unlikely to contribute. In that instance i feel it would be more likely they start another repo.