Re: The Sourceless software in the kernel source GR
On Mon, 18 Sep 2006, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Proponents of various various amendments to the GR should feel free
> to send me a couple of paragraphs in HTML markup to
> introduce/explain the resolutions they are proposing. Feel free to
> include external links to more extensice body of supporting material
> in the paragraphs you send me, but please keep theese paragraphs
> short and to the point.
Here's a patch to include the rest of the resolution which I proposed.
[I don't believe it requires additional explanatory text.]
"You have many years to live--do things you will be proud to remember
when you are old."
-- Shinka proverb. (John Brunner _Stand On Zanzibar p413)
RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/vote/2006/vote_004.wml,v
retrieving revision 1.3
diff -u -r1.3 vote_004.wml
--- vote_004.wml 18 Sep 2006 23:32:30 -0000 1.3
+++ vote_004.wml 19 Sep 2006 04:04:08 -0000
@@ -62,8 +62,27 @@
the mailing list archives for details.
<h2>DFSG #2 applies to all programmatic works</h2>
- <h3>The Debian Project:</h3>
+ <p>The Free Software movement is about enabling users to modify
+the works that they use on their computer; about giving users the same
+information that copyright holders and upstream developers have. As
+such, a critical part of the Free Software movement is the
+availability of source (that is, the form of the work that a copyright
+holder or developer would use to actually modify the work) to users.
+This makes sure that users are not held hostage by the whims (or lack
+of interest or financial incentive) of upstreams and copyright
+ <p>Different types of works have different forms of source. For
+some works, the preferred form for modification may not actually be
+digitally transferable. For others, the form that originally was
+preferred may have been destroyed at some point in time, and is no
+longer available to anyone. However, to the greatest extent
+possible, the availability of source code to users is a critical
+aspect of having the freedom to modify the software that is running
+upon ones computer.
+ <h3>Recognizing this, the Debian Project:</h3>
+ <ol style="list-style-type: upper-alpha">
Reaffirms that programmatic works distributed in the