Re: xfig-doc has license problems in examples
On Tue, Oct 16, 2001 at 08:47:07AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> What part of "Free Software" don't you understand?
The second part, apparently. The "Software" part.
> If we distribute it, it's software.
Arguably, (and rereading the social contract), yes. Thanks for
reminding me. However - this is not the case today. Not everything
Debian distributes would pass through the DFSG, and (especially if it
turns out that the GNU FDL doesn't) taking this away from Debian
would in my humble opinion detract greatly from Debian.
> If it's not software (or willing to be treated as such), it's not our
> mission to distribute it.
Distributing documentation, licenses (like the GPL-text itself) and
examples makes Debian better. Sure, you're covered either way since X
doesn't use either of the GNU licenses, but large parts of Debian does.
And this should be debated and decided. The options as far as I can
see them are:
A) Only ever distributing things that pass through the DFSG, even if
they are pictures and documentation - they would have to be Free as in
Very Free. This would mean removing large parts of Debian - like all
B) Distributing art and information under different terms than the
DFSG because they *are* different.
C) Starting a separate distribution, accessible through apt and
integrated to Debian but not under the same social contract, for art,
information and documentation. I hope this wouldn't be necessary, I'd
prefer option "B)" above.
Sunnanvind. (No, I don't want to "corrupt Debian" or take freedom away
from it. I adore and love Debians high ideals.)
 The FDL allows modification of technical parts, but not totally
free modifications of everything.
 The alternatives would be either to, as some people have stated is
done today, make an exception for license texts, but then you're
already making exceptions to the "100% Free Software"-part. The other
alternative would be to ask the FSF to change their licenses to be
freely modifyable. I don't think that's a good idea, I like the GPL
and the FDL as they are.