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Re: [RFC] Modification history as a source code

Dmitry Borodaenko <d.borodaenko@sam-solutions.net>:

> even to its creator, 'form preferred for modification' should be chosen
> from forms remaining in existence.

You shouldn't be choosing at all. You should provide everything that
is likely to be useful.

For example, if you automatically converted a Pascal program to C,
then made small changes to the C, then you should provide both the
Pascal and the C as both are likely to be useful to at least some
people who want to make changes.

On the other hand, if the C has been worked on a lot and nobody has
used the Pascal for a few years, then there is probably no need to
continue distributing the Pascal. In any case, you have to draw the
line somewhere or old versions of the code will pile up like invariant
sections in an FDL document ...

However, I'm fairly happy with how the GPL defines source.


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