[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: O: gnu-standards -- GNU coding standards

On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 08:45:03AM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 12:12:41AM -0500, Jeff Licquia wrote:
> > On Mon, 2002-04-08 at 20:53, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > > Why should the DFSG have to worry about such philosophical questions?
> > > Why isn't it enough to worry about the license?
> > Because software isn't documentation?
> > Think of it this way: national security would be so much easier to
> > maintain if we could just define cryptography as a weapon of war,
> > equivalent to a nuclear device, "for the purposes of the import
> > regulations".  We all know how well that worked.
> > Similarly, it would be a lot easier to just define documentation to be
> > software "for the purposes of the DFSG".  But does it make sense?
> The alternative is that documentation will be treated as something we 
> are enjoined by the Social Contract from distributing at all.  Debian 
> Will Remain 100% Free Software.  This may have been poor phrasing on 
> the part of the authors, but there is *not* a clear consensus that this 
> is the case; which means that your only remedy is a GR to modify/clarify 
> the Social Contract and/or the DFSG, and until that happens, no amount 
> of debate here will prevent packages from being bounced out of main if 
> their documentation licenses do not meet the DFSG.

You know, I keep hearing this. Does this mean we should ditch the entirety
of GCC's manuals, even old ones which weren't under the FDL, since the FSF
has *clearly* indicated that *they* do not consider them to by software,
since they created a *separate license* solely for documentation - which
means that for their intent, documentation != software, and thus, Debian
should respect that and not publish it, since it's not software at all?
Joel Baker                           System Administrator - lightbearer.com
lucifer@lightbearer.com              http://users.lightbearer.com/lucifer/

To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to debian-devel-request@lists.debian.org
with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact listmaster@lists.debian.org

Reply to: