Re: Let's stop feeding the NVidia cuckoo
While my views on this are well known, I'll rehash them again just for
my own vanity.
On Mon, 28 Feb 2005, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> While the GPL defines source as the prefered form for modification,
> that definition doesn't exist in the DFSG.
There are a lot of things that the DFSG does not define, but we still
deal with it as best we can.
> There's no reason to believe that we need the preferred form for
> modification, merely an acceptable form for modification. Otherwise
> we run into all sorts of issues with JPEGs and suchlike...
What sorts of issues with JPEGs? We should have available and
distribute the prefered form for modification for them as well. That
is, whatever form upstream actually uses when upstream wants to modify
the JPEG. In some cases, this will just be a JPEG. In others, it will
be an XCF, SVG or something else entirely.
While there may be a better definition of source code than the
"prefered form for modification," I haven't seen it yet.
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