Re: Debian's Linux kernel continues to regress on freedom
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On 09/12/07 11:49, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Ron Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> [070912 15:04]:
>> These are "official" protocol specifications. If you want to
>> summarize the RFC, do it in a separate document.
> Let's consider some use cases:
> * You want to use some protocol that is mostly the same as some RFC, but
> with some things changed and some names exchanged to fit what you do.
> Then you either have to
> - refer to the RFC and give some complex list of subsitutions. That's
> nice as additional point, but people wanting to read this would be
> much more helped if there was an applied text.
> - rewrite the whole text, hoping you never overlook something and miss
> some detail of the original you would want to keep. (Well, you could
> tell that the original with those substitutions has priority, but even
> then everybody would just read the new text, implement some bugs, and
> you have to tell people to remove those bugs they inserted because
> your rewriting of the text had an oversight).
> * You are wanting to write the documentation for your (or somebody's else)
> implementation of the RFC. If one is not that firm in english, it's
> often easiest to just start with the standard description and modify
> some words here, add some more descriptions there, omit some special
> cases not applicable, rearrange the sentences a bit and have some nice
> looking text using notations and phrases people not speaking your
> language but the one you are writing in can understand. And one gets
> using the proper standard terms for free. (And before you even start
> with fair use and citing, please note that not everyone has that
> privilege and citing often means verbatim in some jurisdictions).
If O'Reilly wants to write a book on implementing smtp or dns they
must get permission from the IETF?
> And just to put another reminder: noone is requeasting allowing
> modifications posing as unmodified official standards. It's about
Did you forget a word?
> Bernhard R. Link
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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