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Re: more tolerant licensing for Debian infrastructure

On Fri, 4 Nov 2005, Thiemo Seufer wrote:

>> Obviously.  But the question was why they chose to do so when it goes
>> against the spirit of the DFSG?
> You really want to claim the GPL violates the spirit of the DFSG?

Ok because Henning made the same mistake in comprehension let me clarify.
What I was saying is that licensing _only_ under the GPL violates the
spirit of the DFSG because the DFSG specifically also allows for software
licenses which are not GPL compatible to be considered free.

Branden pointed out that this premise is incorrect because point 4 of the
DFSG does suggest 1st and 2nd classes of free software licenses.  In other
words we are not 100% neutral to all free licenses which is the assumption
I made.

Henning also observed:

   Debian, and the free software community at large, is amicably divided
   between those who under no circumstances want their work used in
   proprietary software (and who thus favor the GPL) and those who just
   want their work to be reused as widely as possible (and who thus favor
   BSD-like licenses).

I obviously prefer the second group but I too would like to remain
amicable about it.  Don't interpret my post as an attack on the GPL.

Hope this helps.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar@debian.org>
La Salle Debain - http://www.braincells.com/debian/

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