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Re: GFDL and cover texts

On 11104 March 1977, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:

>> On Mon, 2007-06-08 at 08:58 -0500, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso wrote:
>> > Can I get an explanation of why Debian considers a GFDL manual with
>> > cover texts non-free?
>> http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/Position_Statement.xhtml> http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001
> The position statement and the vote all conflate invariant sections
> with cover texts and dedications as if exactly the same arguments
> against invariant sections applied to a cover text like "a gnu
> manual". Why are three words enough to make thousands upon thousands
> of words nonfree?

Because it is non-free.
Compare with a source tarball, where one could say "But this is just one
twenty-line file which is non-free, and the other 500000 lines are
free. Why is this enough to make the rest non-free?". That just doesn't

For the rest see Manojs links please.

bye Joerg
> But i don't think that we talk a lot, as far as i can see, you live in
> the USA.
Australia. Only minor details like timezone and hemisphere but pretty
much the same. TZ is UTC+10 

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