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The reasons of Debian's unhappiness

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 11, 2006 08:29 PM
The media should be clearer as to why the Debian folks are unhappy with the situation. It is not a problem that firefox is trademarked, or that you have to change the name if you heavily modify the application. The DFSG explicitely allows this. The real problem is twofold:

1) the MoCo wants and unprecedented level of control on the details of packaging. More specifically, they disallow the practice of backporting security patches, which has been Debian's way since it exists, and is technically sound.

2) Debian previously had an agreement with the MoCo. The MoCo are now changing the rules of the game 6 months before Debian's release. Even if not made on purpose, this is very annoying and unprofessional.

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