Re: A possible GFDL compromise: a proposal
Richard Stallman wrote:
Others have mentioned that the GPL has been successfully used to publish
books on paper.
I don't think
> it needs to be possible to use text from manuals in a program.
> A manual is free if you can publish modified versions as manuals.
And is a text editor free if you can only publish modified versions as
text editors -- not as manuals or tetris games or news-readers or web
You have to be free to publish modified versions of the program as
tetris games and news-readers and web browsers, since those are
different programs, but a manual is a different kind of thing
entirely. It is to much to ask that it should be feasible to
conveniently publish a modified version of the program as a manual.
The GPL, for instance, does not permit this in a way that is good
for publication of books on paper.
Regardless of that, it does permit it in a way which is good for
electronic distribution. So what could possibly be wrong with a
GFDL/GPL dual license, or a GPL-conversion clause in the GFDL? Printers
could use the GFDL, and everyone else could use the GPL. :-)