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Re: A WDL.

On Sat, Sep 20, 2003 at 05:41:09PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 20, 2003 at 04:42:51PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > > I don't think the GFDL is a good place to start from when writing a
> > > documentation license, really. The WDL is a tangled mess. Start with
> > > the GPL instead, and try to answer this question:
> > > 
> > > What do I want that this license does not already give me?
> > 
> > There's nothing which is not in the GPL that I don't want. Wat I /do/
> > want, however, is a Free Emacs manual in Debian. Amongst others. I've
> > been convinced that this won't happen with the GFDL, and I'm also quite
> > convinced the FSF will not likely drop the GFDL unless an acceptable (to
> > them) alternative is provided. Therefore, I took to crafting an
> > alternative. Whether the alternative will be accepted by the FSF remains
> > to be seen; but there's no harm in trying (other than that I risk
> > wasting a lot of time in a project with no practical results).
> Well, the stated goal of the FSF is, as far as I can tell, inherently
> non-free. So I don't think this is actually possible.

I don't have a lot of hope either, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't

> If you could get
> them to compromise on their goal to some extent, then it should be
> fairly easy to write a suitable license based on that.

Again, that is an alternative (and viable) way to do it, but I find it
easier to work in this way.

Wouter Verhelst
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