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Re: What does GFDL do?

On Mon, 2003-09-22 at 10:46, Brian T. Sniffen wrote:
> Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org> writes:
> >     > If the GPL were used, it would have to be accompanied by 6 pages
> >     > of additional invariant material.  That is still bigger than the
> >     > reference card.  Do you object to the GPL on these grounds?
> >
> >     There's a critical difference here. The GPL can accompany the
> >     reference card. The invariant material must be in the reference card.
> >
> > I explained months ago, and again last week, why this is not so.
> Hunh.  Perhaps, if the DRM and Transparent Format issues are resolved,
> the Emacs Manual can go in Contrib with a dependency on the invariant
> sections in a separate volume of the document in non-free.  Would that
> satisfy your interpretation of the GFDL?

contrib is guaranteed to be free software, and thus meet the DFSG. A
distributor should be able to package up main and contrib, and have a
good idea of what permissions they have w.r.t. that source code.

Your suggestion would mandate distribution of non-free (or parts of it)
with any distribution of contrib.

contrib is meant for circumventing "technical" requirements like shared
libraries. The GFDL is a legal requirement.
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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