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Re: doc-linux package split

On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 11:27:56AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> Right now, I've put all GFDL documents without Invariant Sections in
> main, regardless of the version; if a concrete project-wide decision
> is or has been made on 1.2-no-invariants then please let me know.

debian-legal hasn't reached a consensus yet, let alone done so and
failed to provoke a rebellsion from the non-legally-minded members of
the Project, but based on recent discussions, I would not count on any
version of the GNU FDL being ruled DFSG-free unless a work so licensed
has several extra-permissions riders tacked onto it -- and as far as I
know, no work has ever attempted this.

> My general impression is that the number of GFDL 1.2 documents is
> increasing rapidly, despite its currently small size. If it's going to
> be a problem we should get the word out quickly somewhere that Google
> likes.

Can you at least float the idea of using the traditional GNU
documentation license to the LDP folks?  Not as a mandate, just as a
suggestion to people who don't have some reason to dislike it.  It's
short and sweet, and it is a copyleft.

   Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this
   manual provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are
   preserved on all copies.

   Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of
   this manual under the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that
   the entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a
   permission notice identical to this one.

   Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this
   manual into another language, under the above conditions for modified
   versions, except that this permission notice may be stated in a
   translation approved by the <copyright holder, or an organzation to whom
   the copyright holder is willing to delegate this function, such as
   the LDP collectively>.

[Aside for -legal: It just occurred to me that if Debian really wants to
promote this license we'll need to insert a GPL-convertibilty clause
into it -- that will make it useful for encapsulating documentation so
licensed into GPLed software or other works.]

G. Branden Robinson                |    It's like I have a shotgun in my
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    mouth, I've got my finger on the
branden@debian.org                 |    trigger, and I like the taste of
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    the gunmetal. -- Robert Downey, Jr.

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