Re: A possible GFDL compromise: a proposal
Richard Stallman <email@example.com> writes:
> 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.
The question is, importantly, *WHY* is this too much to ask?