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Re: GNU FDL and Debian

David B Harris <david@eelf.ddts.net> writes:
> Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org> wrote:

>> The problem here is that (without going into the details)
>> communication between the FSF and Debian seems to have broken down.
>> Though I cannot say that I entirely understand the perspective of
>> the FSF and so cannot speak to that, I do think that Debian has
>> legitimate concerns about the freedom of the GFDL.
> There has been continuing discussion and debate on the GFDL for what,
> years now? There has been no breakdown of communication.

On debian-legal, yes.  But we've had very little actual discussion
with anyone who admitted to representing the FSF position.  In fact,
that was one of the issues that came up in our brief discussions with
RMS: is there anyone else who can authoritatively, or at least
officially, discuss the issue?  Since he's very busy, and (not
entirely without reason) reluctant to discuss the issue in a context
that he feels has become emotionally charged, that would be very
useful.  As far as I know, we never got an answer.

> "There problem here is that" the FSF considers the GFDL as a Free
> license, or at least "free enough". Debian does not. Pretty simple,
> it's difficult for me to understand how people miss it :)

Sure, that's definitely the core issue.  But ideally it would be
possible to discuss the issue -- at least to the point where we're all
sure we understand each other.  That (IMHO) hasn't really happened.

Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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