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Re: Documentation licenses (GFDL discussion on debian-legal)

On Thursday 05 December 2002 02:52 pm, Joe Wreschnig wrote:
> Advocating a policy of "don't upload every piece of data that exists" is
> not censorship, it's common sense. Yes, I think it would be cool if I
> could do 'apt-get install alice-in-wonderland'. I also think it would be
> a waste of resources and outside of the goals of the Debian project.

I agree with this, if for no other reason than that Debian is already too big 
(8 CDs is rather large).  It's just pretty bloated from the end-user's point 
of view, and although there's a vague notion that the more popular packages 
are on the earlier disks, there's no clear separation so that the user can 
make an intelligent subset to meet their own needs.

However it would make an awfully neat project in itself! I'd love to see a 
conversion of Gutenberg texts to a rich text format, packaged with an 
appropriate reader (and/or a filter that auto-converts Gutenberg's de facto 
format into a nicer reading form and/or spell-checks it, etc.), and using 
apt-get with debian packaging.  If you did it right, such a "literature 
distribution" could just be added to your sources.list and you *could* 
"apt-get install alice-in-wonderland" without having to take up Debian 
resources for it or bloat the existing Debian distribution.

I'm sort of occupied at the moment, but I might seriously want to take a hand 
in organizing something like that in the not too distant future.  I'm 
certainly going to think about it some more. :-)


Terry Hancock ( hancock at anansispaceworks.com )
Anansi Spaceworks  http://www.anansispaceworks.com

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