Re: Debian's Linux kernel continues to regress on freedom
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On 09/12/07 07:07, Luk Claes wrote:
> Ron Johnson wrote:
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>> On 09/12/07 03:57, Miriam Ruiz wrote:
>>> 2007/9/12, John Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
>>>> On Wed, 12 Sep 2007 08:41:29 +0000 (UTC), Sune Vuorela
>>>> <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 2007-09-12, John Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>>>> "Distribution of this memo is unlimited."
>>>>>> With RFCs available to anyone with a web browser, it's absurd to say
>>>>>> they're non-free, and a waste of time removing them from Debian.
>>>>> eh? whattabout modification? and distribution of modified versions?
>>>> This is where it gets absurd.
>>>> They're RFCs. They're not code.
>> Except for "fixing typos", none of what you seem to propose seems
>> to my humble eyes to be modifying the base document. Give the new
>> document a derived name, indicating the changes. Inside the
>> document, clearly define what changes you've made to the base document.
>> Someone who uses the modified RFC would create a buggy-by-design
>> program and when he realized what some DD had done, boy would he
>> (and his bosses, if relevant) be steamed, his trust in Debian would
>> plunge, he might write a Slashdotted article that ZDNet picks up on,
>> and FLOSS get a big black eye.
> What about adding clarifications, what about summarising parts of the
> RFC? It's more about the freedom to fix things or to use things than it
> is to make it buggy... It's also not only about Debian, but in fact more
> about the freedom of our users to modify RFCs...
These are "official" protocol specifications. If you want to
summarize the RFC, do it in a separate document.
>> Bottom line: being able to willy-nilly change protocol specification
>> base documents seems, to me, to be One *Stupid* Idea.
> Only you are talking about willy-nilly changes... besides we as Debian
> only want our users the freedom to be able to if they wanted it, to
> willy-nilly modify the RFC text.
I'm shaking my head in stunned disbelief.
> Note that it still would be perfectly possible to restrict the use of
> 'RFC' for these modifications...
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day.
Hit him with a fish, and he goes away for good!
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