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Re: query from Georg Greve of GNU about Debian's opinion of the F DL

"Georg C. F. Greve" <greve@gnu.org> writes:

>  gg> That was also discussed about the GPL.
>  gg> Many people were complaining that it wasn't free because they
>  gg> couldn't take parts of GPL'ed software and compile them into
>  gg> their proprietary software any way they liked.
> I just realized that it was probably not wise to use proprietary
> software in that example as people might get more upset about it.
> In case anyone felt personally insulted: I apologize, this was not my
> intention.
> So please allow me to change that paragraph to
>  Many people were complaining that it wasn't free because they
>  couldn't take random parts of GPL'ed software and compile them into
>  their Free Software without taking the GPL into account.
> As legal proceedings are the same and this will hopefully increase my
> chances of being understood correctly.

You've heard all this before, but I haven't seen you answer it.  Why
does the GFDL prohibit me from making an emacs reference card from the
manual?  Sure, I could make a one-sided card where the other side is
the Manifesto, but that wastes half my space.

There's an easy and wrong counterargument that I'd have to include
the license, but I can put that on cheap onion paper; the Manifesto
has to be included as part of the document, so it's got to go on the
same expensive coffee-proof laminated stock as the reference card.

In addition, how does the FSF expect anybody other than itself to
distribute a GPL'd emacs with a GFDL manual?  As far as I can see,
they cannot be distributed together.  Emacs links against the manual
files, interpreting them programmatically -- this is how it takes me
straight to the info page referring to particular variables or
functions.  It is, after all, a self-documenting editor.  But the GFDL
imposes additional requirements over the GPL, so they may not be
distributed linked.


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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