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Re: Free Documentation License

On Sun, Mar 12, 2000 at 12:45:13AM +0000, Jules Bean wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 11, 2000 at 04:12:13PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> > Jules Bean wrote:
> > > 
> > > Since it doesn't apply to software, that's a non-issue.
> > 
> > I'm very tempted to go package up, say, the quake1 level files and try to
> > upload them to main. After all, they're not software, so who gives a hoot
> > if they violate the DFSG?
> I would argue they are software.  And no, there are no hard lines.
> > 
> > > It does, once again, re-raise the issue of whether we need to a)
> > > extend the DFSG to cover documentation, or b) establish some kind of
> > > debian guidelines for acceptable document licenses.
> > > 
> > > Note that we do include a variety of textual works (documents) whose
> > > license doesn't comply with the DFSG.
> > 
> > Yes, and I hate it. It's damned hypocritical
> I don't think so.  There are clear, ethical and practical arguments
> for free software.  We all agree on these, and that's why debian
> exists. The arguments are more complex for works of opinion (essays,
> etc), and so we don't currently have a clear policy on these. Maybe we 
> should.

On this point, the fdl is special. It makes some specific sections of
the document Invariant but specify that those sections shouldn't be
on the main topics of the documents. So you can make invariant the
Front Cover, Back Cover, Preface, Editorial, etc... but the Manual
itself. This address lot of issues and may be we should take it as
a base for a future DFDG. However, I didn't have time to read it
carefully but there are still some points I want to clarify before
declaring it Debian Free (TM).

> Jules
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All IMF(ree)O, of course ;)

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