Re: (end of) Development and documentation in Debian
Yeah, I think the real problem is that the rules shouldn't be the same
for documentation as they are for code. If someone is going to go to
the effort of making a tutorial and then giving it away I don't have a
problem with their reserving the right to attach some unrelated
philosophical stuff to it. They can't make me read it, or in the case
of the GFDL they can't prevent me from moving it to an appendix so that
readers of the modified version can easily ignore it if they wish.
That's quite different than a programmer requiring that all use of
their code retain a particular invariant functionality. That would be
extremely limiting to the end user and future developers.
The debate on debian-legal reminds me of my time as an undergraduate
activist. The unofficial role of every advocacy group was to attack
other adovocacy groups, ensuring maximum energy produced minimum
result. Was the anti-racism group more sexist than the anti-sexism
group was racist? In the end we all lost.