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Re: Should our documentation be free? (Was Re: Inconsistencies in our approach)

On Thursday, Aug 14, 2003, at 02:42 US/Eastern, Sergey V. Spiridonov wrote:

MJ Ray wrote:
Sergey V. Spiridonov <sena@hurd.homeunix.org> wrote:
[...] There is a definition which says that documentation can be a part of the software, but I failed to find a definition which makes no difference between software and documentation.
This was a nice try to change the point under discussion.  It was not
claimed that software and documentation are homonyms, AFAIK.  Instead,

Are you sure?

I'm sure its not relevant. All that's relevant is if documentation stored on a computer is software.

There is dead tree (e.g., a book) documentation. There is electronic documentation (e.g., a PDF file). The only thing relevant is the question:

	For the purposes of the Social Contract, is electronic
	documentation software?

If yes, the DFSG applies to it. If no, all documentation must be removed from Debian. Amendments to the Social Contract could change the results here, of course.

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