Re: "Robinson, Nerode and other free beer zealots" was: A possible GFDL compromise
On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Joe Wreschnig wrote:
>Fedor Zuev wrote:
You already lost your killfile? My condolences.
>> Please note, one of differences between DFSG and FSD is that
>> latter does not require possiblity of arbitrary modification of
>> work, but only "freedom to improve the program, and release your
>> improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits".
>> Therefore, according to FSD, free license may disallow a
>> distribution of modification, which clearly can't be improvement, or
>> restrict some ways for [useful] modification, if there obviously
>> more than one way to do it.
>By this logic, qmail(and other djb-ware) is free.
>No one thinks this is the case, though. Or rather, I hope no one does.
>Debian sure doesn't.
It is not my logic. I just quote FSD from FSF. And I will
not explain why djb-ware is not meet FSD, because this is
Of course, you has absolutely no obligation to obey FSD. I
mention it just in order to show that DFSG is not a "set of tests"
for FSD, is not an extension or explanation for FSD, but completely
different defintion for completely different thing. Free software,
as defined in FSD, and "free software" according to DFSG [+Robinson]
have very little in common. If, sometimes, free software and "free
software" refer to the same pieces of code, it is only incident.