Re: GFDL/GPL incompatibility
Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> As I see it, the individuals who assigned their copyright in GNU
> documentation to the FSF probably didn't expect to see the relicensing
> of their work under a GPL-incompatible license, creating yet another
> "gated community" carved out of the ostensible commons.
You're quite right. I know Zack Weinberg -- author of a large portion of the
GNU cpp manual -- didn't, and dislikes the policy, to mention someone who was
willing to make his views public. I personally stopped submitting
copyrightable amounts of documentation to GNU when I figured out what was
This, of course, indicates a problem at the heart of the FSF: Stallman has
been able to unilaterally impose a bad licensing policy, which the vast
majority of GNU developers think is a bad idea. He hasn't even been able to
point to two other people who agree with him about the GFDL (Georg Greve
*might* count as one person, *maybe*, though his views seem rather
different), yet it remains official FSF dogma.