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Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: OK to distribute autoconf.texi under the GPL too?
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 19:46:32 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004, Paul Eggert wrote:

Roger Leigh of the Debian project asked whether we could dual-license
autoconf.texi, so that it could be distributed under the terms of
either the GFDL or the GPL.  One of his arguments is that the manual
contains many coding examples, and it'd be nice if people could just
cut-n-paste them into their GPLed code.  There more arguments; please
see <> for
details.  Are there any objections or other comments about this

The GFDL is troubling to some, however, the GPL applies to *programs* so it is not an appropriate license for documentation. Unless the documentation is linked into a program, it is not adequately protected by GPL. It makes more sense to adjust GFDL so it is not so controversial (e.g. allows pasting document sample code into LGPL/GPLed programs) yet still satisfies the objectives of free software.

Bob Friesenhahn

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