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Re: A possible approach in 'solving' the FDL problem

On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 09:22:25PM -0400, Brian T. Sniffen wrote:
> Said Wouter:
> >> > In fact, if the debian-legal group were to decide all by itself that
> >> > software and documentation are essentially the same thing, I'm
> >> > afraid a fork would be much more likely.
> >>
> >> It is not the same thing. The question is whether the definition of
> >> freedom should be the same for both.
> >
> > That's exactly the point I'm trying to get through. I feel that a lot
> > of developers think it is not. As such, I'm suggesting we ask our
> > developers, and work from there on.
> IANADD, but while there is clearly documentation which is not software,
> all documentation distributed by Debian -- possibly excepting CD cases --
> is software.

In the broader definition of software. Not everyone sees that definition
as correct, including many people who accepted the DFSG with a
definition of software that only includes 'computer programs', not this
broad definition, in mind.

Wouter Verhelst
Debian GNU/Linux -- http://www.debian.org
Nederlandstalige Linux-documentatie -- http://nl.linux.org
"An expert can usually spot the difference between a fake charge and a
full one, but there are plenty of dead experts." 
  -- National Geographic Channel, in a documentary about large African beasts.

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