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Re: PROPOSED: interpretive guidelines regarding DFSG 3, modifiability, and invariant text



On Wed, Nov 28, 2001 at 07:52:17AM -0600, Steve Greenland wrote:
> Hmm. The uncompressed GPL2 is 18k (at least in my
> /usr/share/common-licenses; YMMV). There are many programs covered by
> the GPL2 whose source code isn't even 18k, much less 360k (20*18k).
> 
> So these done meet either of Branden's quantitative measurements. Do we
> throw them out?

I don't think you've been reading my messages.

1) Only the "Preamble" and "How to apply this license" parts of the GNU
GPL could possibly be construed as something other than license terms,
for which an exception is already granted;

2) I've said every time I've mentioned threshholds that they are numbers
off the top of my head and that someone should do empirical analysis to
determine better ones.  Are you volunteering?

3) Nowhere did I say that exceptions could not be granted on a
case-by-case basis, just as we do for Debian Policy violations.  Where
it makes more sense for a package to violate Policy than abide by it, we
let a package do so.  I don't see why this should be so different.

> Obviously not. But this is the kind of problem one has when trying to
> quantify what is basically an issue for qualitative judgement.

It's certainly the kind of problem you have when you distort someone's
position and make straw-man arguments.

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |     Q: How does a Unix guru have sex?
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     A: unzip;strip;touch;finger;mount;
branden@debian.org                 |        fsck;more;yes;fsck;fsck;fsck;
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |        umount;sleep

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