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



On Sun, Aug 06, 2017 at 02:15:17PM +0200, Vincent Bernat wrote:
> ❦ 4 août 2017 20:03 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard <[email protected]> :
> > 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).

If other packages are worse, that means they should be fixed, not that this
should be allowed.

> Example: [s3cmd]

How is this not in contrib? This software is useless without the non-free
service (which is also software, and it is not in main) from Amazon. Policy
even mentions as an example for things in contrib: wrapper packages or other
sorts of free accessories for non-free programs. That's exactly what this is.

I didn't know that this was in main, and I expect most others to not know
either. But I don't think they should be. I wouldn't expect this to be
controversial, but it seems that it is, given that you suggest they obviously
belong in main?

To be clear: the sort of software (of this type) I expect in main is like
mumble: it connects to a server, and you can connect to a commercially hosted
server if you want to, but you can also run your own server, because it's free
software. If the mumble server would not be free, and the only way to use the
client was to connect to a commercial server, mumble should not be in main.

As I wrote, I expected there to be consensus on this. Am I incorrect about
that?

Thanks,
Bas


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