Subject: Re: [pkg-go] Bug#856139: certspotter: long
description advertises commercial service



❦ 4 août 2017 20:03 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard <[email protected]> :

> Am I alone in finding it wrong to promote commercial services in long
> descriptions of packages n Debian main?

I agree with Faidon on this one. Just saying that because the way you
ask the question is more likely to get the opposite answers.

>> At worst, this is "irrelevant" as you put it,
>
> No, at worst this is misuse of Debian ressources for commercial gain -
> i.e. using long description field for advertising a non-free service.

We have all kind of software advertising non-free services. Search for
"Google" or "Amazon". The comparison is even unfair as the service
advertised here is available as free software (not the case for most
services from Amazon and Google we advertise).

Example:

Description: command-line Amazon S3 client
Command-line tool to upload, retrieve and manage data in Amazon S3 service
(http://www.amazon.com/s3/), designed for use in scripts. Features:
- creating and destroying S3 buckets
- uploading and downloading files
- listing remote files
- removing remote files
- synchronizing local directories to S3 buckets
- getting various information about buckets and disk usage
.
s3cmd supports both (US and EU) S3 datacentres.
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