Re: Why are these packages in Debian?
David Nusinow <david.nusinow <at> verizon.net>
2003-04-06 12:07:47 GMT
On Sun, Apr 06, 2003 at 10:17:15AM +0200, nikos <at> altern.org wrote:
> > Because somebody packaged them.
> Do you accept any package? Fortunately not! You don't accept any for technical reasons (for example, in
the Debian Weekly News issued February 18th, 2003, it was considered to remove a package which contained
an easter egg. I quote: "Removing mICQ from Debian? Martin Loschwitz proposed to remove mICQ from Debian
entirely since the upstream author has placed a harmful and obfuscated easter egg in the code, bypassing
the maintainer's testing."). But I'm also confident in Debian for don't accepting packages which defend
xenophobic ideas for example. So why are these packages here?
Are the ideas in these packages xenophobic? The anarchism package isn't
really. Whether or not you think that Debian is an example of anarchism
in action is irrelevant when you consider the fact that many other
people do (go search the list archives for the massive thread on the
And as for the bible-kjv, it's actually a software program that's meant
to browse text. As the description says, "it could, in principle, be
used for any text". The software is Free, and is thus in accordance
with the Social Contract, and the software becomes useful by having
something to browse, in this case it's the King James Bible, which is a
very useful text for a large number of people (it is, after all, the
most widely read book in the world).
Finally, the mICQ example you cite is a rather crude one that goes well
beyond the realm of the technical in to issues of trustworthiness. Go
read the thread that DWN refers to before comparing that to other
rejections. mICQ was a unique example. I've not followed such things
closely, nor am I an FTP master who's in charge of such things, but
most packages aren't rejected, but instead they are debated about in