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Re: Ironies abound (was Re: GPL v3 draft)

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 05:47:18AM +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Josh Triplett <josh@freedesktop.org> wrote:
> > Matthew Garrett wrote:
> >> I'm not going to defend patch clauses. I think they're massively
> >> horrible things, and the world would be a better place without them. But
> >> deciding that they're not free any more would involve altering our
> >> standards of freedom, and I don't see any way that we can reasonably do
> >> that.
> > 
> > Why not?  There is an established procedure in place for doing so.
> > Obviously such a thing should not be done lightly, but that doesn't mean
> > it cannot be reasonably done at all.
> Because saying "We used to think that this sort of license provided you
> with all necessary freedoms, but now we've decided that it doesn't"
> looks astonishingly bad?

So the real reason not to fix it is to save face by not admitting mistakes.
I expected better from Debian; don't ask me why.

Glenn Maynard

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