Re: If Debian decides that the Gnu Free Doc License is not free...
> (Hans Reiser wrote:)
> I look forward to the release of GPL V3 which will hopefully cover fair
> crediting of code as well as documentation, and stem this rising tide of
> plagiarism and political bowlderization by distros.
I think nobody here has anything against keeping all the credits in
documentation or trying to take the credit for ReiserFS tools.
The problem now seems to be that:
if the program outputs a long credits & thanks list in a very uncomfortable
place such as startup, can a free software license really *prohibit
modifying the code* so that the listing is moved behind a switch,
"about" menu item or such?
IMHO, it is reasonable to demand that all credits must be "easily accessible"
in derived works but not that a long list appears *before the program does
anything useful* - it both hinders the usability of the program and severely
restricts the freedom to modify the code.
Hans: Would you consider it a breach of your license if your program is
modified so that the long credits list is shown in some other place than in
the original works? Must graphical frontends also parse the output and popup
a message box or something containing the credits OR would you be happy if
they are listed in the frontend's "About" box?
RMS: Will GPL v3 take a new stance on this issue as has been speculated?