Re: GNU FDL and Debian
Dylan Thurston <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> In article <email@example.com>, MJ Ray wrote:
>> ... Both FSF and Debian agree that FDL-covered works are not free
>> software, ...
> To the best of my knowledge, this is not correct: RMS seems to argue
> that a manual published under the FDL is free in the free software
> sense, since you can make any functional changes you want.
That is not the same thing at all. I am sure that
my statement is accurate, but I cannot justify it from
material I can find to quote. I think it's pretty clear from
that RMS doesn't consider FDL-covered works to be free software or even
that such a request is reasonable. Probably I shouldn't have put that
statement quite that strongly, though. Sorry.
There are two paths, near each other:
1. Ask for things to be under free licences and define free for each type
of content individually;
2. Ask for everything to be free software.
FSF seems to take path 1, Debian seems to take path 2.
MJR/slef My Opinion Only and possibly not of any group I know.
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