Re: Draft new DFSG
On Fri, Nov 27, 1998 at 08:49:55AM -0800, Joseph Carter wrote:
> It was suggested I say this here even though others have said the same sorts
> of things.
> I believe the suggested changes to (which is not changes but a complete
> replacement) DFSG is a dud, completely. I believe trying to adopt it will
> hurt and quite probably destroy Debian. Here's why:
> Should Debian become crippled as the DFSG2 would cripple it, I'd go and find
> myself a real distribution because Debian sure wouldn't be anymore.
I agree. The DFSG2 offers such a narrow definition of free software that
I wouldn't enjoy working by its rules.
Things like the patch clause, or the advertising clause make work of some
free software programmers and distributors a bit harder, but not impossible.
We should suggest that free licenses don't use those clauses, but we
shouldn't "forbid" them.
Enrique Zanardi email@example.com