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Re: All GPL'ed programs have to go to non-free

On Fri, Apr 15, 2005 at 02:22:11PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Adrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de> wrote:
> > I'd also say that for a user, access to documentation is an unavoidable 
> > requirement for using the software (e.g. for most non-trivial uses it 
> > will be a pain to work with a gcc without any documentation of the 
> > available options - and even Debian developers will have to use the 
> > GFDL'ed documentation as part of their Debian work).
> The fact that we can remove the documentation and still distribute the
> software demonstrates that it isn't an unavoidable requirement.

The question remains whether a gcc or MySQL without documentation is of  
any practical value.

In theory, your users are of equal priority for you as free software.
In theory, you don't want to make the system depend on an item of 
non-free software

In practice, you are making parts of Debian unusable without the 
documentation in non-free (which is according to your definition 
software) forcing users of Debian to use non-free.

Until recently, non-free contained only some obscure things most people 
didn't require. It's funny that moving much documentation to non-free 
will force many users to add non-free to their sources.list ...



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