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Re: Voila! A compromise!
- To: David Lawyer <>
- Subject: Re: Voila! A compromise!
- From: Poet/Joshua Drake <>
- Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 15:21:47 -0700 (PDT)
- cc: Richard Stallman <>, , , , ,
- Resent-Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 19:38:13 -0400 (EDT)
- Resent-Message-ID: <zVQyFB.A.YDD.c-1h5@murphy>
>I don't like the idea of two separate lists. It makes it harder to
>find docs. In my case, my HOWTOs would be considered non-free since
>they require that anyone making a modification and then distributing
>it must send a copy to my email address. There are various degrees of
>being non-free and just splitting the docs into 2 categories doesn't
>reveal the whole story. One important category is what all our docs
>meet now: they must be freely redistributable in any media. But many
>docs in this category are not "free" since they restrict (or prohibit)
I agree with this which is why I just suggested some classification within
the listing of the HOWTO. For example in the HOWTO-INDEX it would simply
NFS HOWTO - "Beer-free"
Net-HOWTO - "GNU-free"
Or something like this. That way the docs are still easy to find but the
reader has been notified that the document has certain restrictions on it.
>I believe that we need to have a file which shows the type of license
>for each doc. I once started on this project and hope to someday
>finish it. There's a lot of work to do since it includes contacting
>authors that have used ambiguous licenses, etc. If GNU wants a list
>of our "GNU-free" docs then we should supply it (after we determine
>which ones are "GNU-free" so they can link to these docs (mine
>excluded unless I change my license).
That is a hell of a project. Good luck.
>In another post I'll discuss the issues of allowing authors to restrict
>modification and prohibit commercial printing.
> David Lawyer
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