[ILUG] contrib and non-free ?
Paul J Collins
sneakums at zork.net
Tue Mar 27 09:23:28 IST 2001
>>>>> "DG" == Declan Grady <Declan.Grady at nuvotem.com> writes:
DG> I was also gonna ask about what is contained in the contrib
DG> and non-free folders ?
All the software in main is licensed under DFSG-compliant licenses.
Software in non-free is licensed unser licenses that are not
DFSG-compliant (e.g. the UW license that PINE is under). Software in
contrib is DFSG-compliant software that depends on one or more
packages in non-free. (Note: this definition of contrib may not be
quite right, but I can't find a defintion on debian.org.)
For example, Netscape Communicator 4 is in non-free, because, while it
is freely distributeable, the source is not available. A Netscape
cache browser called nscache was recently ITP'd and is in contrib
because, while it is free software, it depends on non-free software.
"Contrib" doesn't really describe its contents at all, but a short
word to convey "free software that depends on non-free software" has
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