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Re: Introduction

On Monday 28 May 2007, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
| One of the things I would really love is to see Debian and Ubuntu share
| documentation, as many of the documentation written for Debian can be
| adapted for Ubuntu and viceversa [1].

I couldn't agree more truthfully.

| However, the current licensing used in documents in Ubuntu hinder this:
| - the official documentation is licensed under the Creactive Commons
|   ShareAlike license, this is considered non-free by debian-legal.
|   For more information see debian-legal archives or
|   http://people.debian.org/~evan/ccsummary.html
| - the documentation at the wiki doesn't have an explicit license. The
| "Legal" footnote points to some rather generic legal information which, in
| absense of explicit permission, makes the Wiki documentation non-free.
| Most, if not all already, documentation in the DDP is GPLd.
| If Ubuntu's licensing were to change (say to a MIT/BSD/GPL license) we
| would be able to share more documention amongst both projects.
| Unfortunately that's not currently the case. Which is a pity...

Well I definitely agree here. For instance seeing as I do Kubuntu 
documentation, I can't even use info from KDE now for my documentation so in 
many cases I have to reinvent the wheel so-to-speak. There is a possibility 
that Kubuntu docs will go back to a dual license because of this, as it seems 
the main reason for going with the CC-by-SA was to be able to incorporate the 
book. I am far from a licensing genius, but I know that it being CC-by-SA and 
not either GFDLd or GPLd is actually creating more work from my standpoint.

Anyways :)  If there is anything I can lend a hand with, please don't hesitate 
to let me know. Thanks for the reply Javier and I apologize for replying back 
a little late. Have a great day!

Richard A. Johnson
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