Re: DFSG2: The patch exception
On Thu, Dec 03, 1998 at 12:03:11PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> Ian Jackson wrote:
> > (z) Patch requirement (deprecated)
> > The licence may require that modified source versions be distributed
> > in the form of original source files with `patches' (ie,
> > machine-readable representations of the changes).
> > This exception is only available if the restriction was imposed no
> > later than the 1st of January 1999. The exception is likely to be
> > removed in a future version of these guidelines. For rationale, see
> > Appendix B.
> Why should software be less free, because it was released a day too late?
> That's absurd.
I am opposed to pretty much any grandfather clauses. Most of my
reasons have already been stated, so I won't repeat them here.