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Re: Non-free RFCs in stretch

Josh Triplett <josh@joshtriplett.org> writes:

> Iustin Pop wrote:
>> On 2017-03-05 12:41:18, Ben Finney wrote:
>> > Sebastiaan Couwenberg <sebastic@xs4all.nl> writes:
>> > > I'd like to see a compromise in the DFSG like #4 for standards to
>> > > allow their inclusion in Debian when their license at least allows
>> > > modification when changing the name or namespace for schemas and the
>> > > like.
>> >
>> > Since that does not describe the license granted in these documents, I
>> > don't see why you raise it.
>> >
>> > On the contrary, I would like to see the license granted in these
>> > documents changed to conform to the DFSG, and then they can be
>> > included without violating or changing our social contract.
>> I have to say I lean more on practicality side here, and I don't really
>> see a need or reason to have standards documents under the "free to
>> modify" clause.
> Then they can stay in non-free along with all the other things under a
> non-free license.  We had a project-wide decision more than a decade ago
> that the DFSG applies to *everything* in main, not just source code.

I presume this issue arises because people (myself included) dislike the
fact that in order to install some RFCs and/or GNU documentation one has
to flick a switch that also opens the door to some thoroughly
proprietary software.

Of course there are several lines that could be drawn in a variety of
places, but it might be nice to have the ability to only enable some
subset(s) of non-free in one's sources.list (without having to specify a
lot of fragile pinning)

I suppose it might be possible that we (as a project) could agree to
some of these subsets being easier and/or harder to enable, and thus
allow the FSF to feel more cheerful about the way we look at the world.

Cheers, Phil.
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