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Re: Debian's Linux kernel continues to regress on freedom

paddy@panici.net writes:

> Thanks, but I'm thinking more of the kinds of license that says you
> *have* to publish your changes and in a specific venue. seems like a
> close comparison with what has been said here about RFCs.

Ah, yes, that's normally not considered DFSG-free, I believe.  I had
thought this part of the thread was about a hypothetical license that
would allow reuse of RFC material provided that the result was not called
an RFC, which I believe would be DFSG-free.

> Seems to me that by the time I can't share my patch with my friend
> directly, but *only* post it to the vendor, it is not free software,
> and it sounds like this is the situation with RFCs.

Yup.  The IETF process is certainly more open than most vendors, but they
don't publish all submitted I-Ds and using RFC material requires that you
work through the process so far as I can tell.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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