Re: First Draft proposal for modification of Debian Free Software Guidelines:
On 2004-04-28 23:19:40 +0100 Buddha Buck <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Documentation and other written materials that are not programs are
not required to meet guideline 3 [Derived works] fully.
The problems with making a distinction of "not programs" has been
covered on -legal in the past. I also think "written" is an open
loophole: for example, hand-crafted SVG is written material.
(i) Standards documents, such as IETF RFC documents, published
star catalogs, and certification test suites.
These should not be invariant. Please see discussions of standards
documents on -legal (I think the TEI discussion has some of the
points, as well as some brain farts.)
(iii) Opinion documents, such as the GNU Manifesto or position
papers that have no technical content
This would encourage endless arguments over what is "technical
content" too, as if there weren't enough.
2. In the past, the issue of documentation, fonts, images, sound
other non-program type files was "dealt with" by treating them as if
Please substantiate this claim. Some may have deliberately refused to
"deal with" these bugs, but they were still there.
6. This software was tolerated in the past in part because by their
the "four freedoms" of software are not necessary, and are sometimes
antithetical, for their support of free software (in the form of
This is retrospective continuity, dreaming up reasons. All software in
debian should have the freedom to use, study, modify and distribute.
Different softwares do not need different definitions of freedom,
which is the apparent effect of all these "this bit doesn't apply to
7. For instance, it is well known that open and public standards
Irrelevant. The standards groups could produce free software if they
8. At the same time, requiring the ability to create and distribute
versions of open and public standard threatens the utility of the
the first place. [...]
No, the ability to misrepresent your work or forge approvals threaten
that and we already have those. They're just not legal ;-)
accurate communication of opinions, it is important that everyone
same text of the opinion so that the opinion does not get
changed (intentionally or unintentionally).
Therefore, we should make all these documents read-only, immutable and
impossible to modify with a debian system, right? Absurd.
Other reasons are ill-founded, but I do not wish to spend too much
time on this non-proposal.
My Opinion Only and possibly not of any group I know.
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