Re: Documentation licenses (GFDL discussion on debian-legal)
Steve Langasek <email@example.com> writes:
> On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 10:01:28PM -0500, David Turner wrote:
> >> Licensing aside, why would (and should) Debian distribute famous novels?
> >> An installer for famous novels (c.f. gutenbook), sure, but why the
> >> novels themselves?
> > Because people might want them. Because apt-get install
> > alice-in-wonderland would be cool. Better: why not?
> Because it's out of scope of Debian's charter.
There's nothing wrong with distributing non-software in Debian, as
long as it's still DFSG free. One important reason for having that
rule for non-software too is so that our users can completely
understand a basic minimal set of freedoms without having to look at
the details of each separate item.
If we start allowing this or that non-free category of stuff, then we
force users to start keeping track of which category is which, and
that's a royal pain.