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Re: [rant] Re: Consequences of moving Emacs Manuals to non-free

Peter S Galbraith <p.galbraith@globetrotter.net> writes:

> David Kastrup <dak@gnu.org> wrote:
>>            The Emacs documentation is far more integrated into its
>> normal operation than with other tools.  It does not make sense to
>> separate them.
> Right.  One wonders why they have to be under different licenses.

Because the manual is also distributed in printed form.  And the GPL
is not really well-suited for publications in print: the obligation to
provide the full source code at cost means additional obligations for
a publisher, impacting the work flow and the price of the end result,
even though no sane person would actually have a use for the source of
that _particular_ publication instead of the one accompanying his copy
of Emacs.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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