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Re: The debate on Invariant sections (long)

> > > > > If it's part of emacs, then it's very clearly non-free software
> > > > > and the whole thing should be removed from Debian (unless the
> > > > > FSF doesn't have to follow everyone else's definition of
> > > > > freedom).
> > > > 
> > > >   "The whole thing"? Emacs itself?
> > >
> > > Yup.

On Wed, 14 May 2003, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> I don't agree.  Just take out the offending part.

The GFDL does not allow us to take out the offending part - it contains 
sections which are not allowed to be removed.

If Emacs + it's documentation is considered to be a single entity which is 
a derived work of both a GPL product and a GFDL product, it is 
undistributable even in non-free.

I personally consider them seperate works which we aggregate and 
distribute together, but the FSF takes a pretty wide interpretation of 
"linking", so I could be in the minority.

> Jérôme Marant <jerome.marant@free.fr> wrote:
> >   That's insane.

We may disagree with RMS on this, but it's not helpful to call him insane ;)
Mark Rafn    dagon@dagon.net    <http://www.dagon.net/>  

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