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Re: migrating away from the FDL



On Mon, Jul 21, 2003 at 05:45:19PM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:

> > > From the perspective of the freedom the two projects
> > > protect, only the GNU project admit commercial activity directly...

> > Er... what?

> DFSG #1, "Free redistribution"
>         - free as freedom, what GNU cares about too
>         - free as beer, what GNU does not care about (but it's
>         frequently a consequence of the first freedom)

> The French translation of the DFSG is even more obvious about that,
> explicitely yelling "free beer!" (« Redistribution libre _et gratuite_
> »).

So apparently, the French translation of the DFSG is not altogether
faithful to the original.  Not that it matters; you'd have to be an
absolute fool to think that the FSF's definition of freedom didn't also
preclude licenses which *prevented* someone from giving the software
away.  (The body of DFSG #1, que la license ne doit pas *empêcher* qu'on
donne le logiciel gratuitement, captures the English meaning
accurately.)

-- 
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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