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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Documentation cleaner wanted.

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Documentation cleaner wanted.
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:50:00 -0700
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Achim Mueller <address@hidden> writes:
> * Russ Allbery wrote on 25 Jul 2006:

>> When you do convert things to texinfo (the existing texinfo
>> documentation is already covered by GFDL), please, if you can, keep the
>> current GFDL license that is on the existing documentation.  In
>> particular, please don't add Cover Texts, Invariant Sections, etc., if
>> at all possible.  Right now, the documentation can be distributed with
>> Debian, but if invariant sections are added, the documentation becomes
>> non-free and I have to remove it from Debian main.

> Sometimes I get the feeling that working with/on debian is like
> practising a certain religion ;-).

It certainly requires dealing with more annoying bits of the law than I'd
really prefer, although in this case I do see the point.  If one can't
modify it, it's not particularly free, and while RMS doesn't care if not
all the documentation is free, I think Debian has a good principle.

But in practice, the whole thing is just annoying.  Thankfully, there
really isn't much utility in all the invariant bits the GFDL lets you do,
so there's a good workaround by just avoiding all of it.

> BTW, Russ, I'm doing the packaging for RadHat/SuSE, etc. Shall we
> somehow join our work and agree on a common versioning? We still are at
> 0.14-3. I would like to get a "stable" product and a
> current/unstable/beta/alpha (call it however you like) version, but we
> never agreed on certain numbers.

Well, currently Debian has a package of a CVS snapshot because my repeated
pleading for a 0.15 release hasn't born any fruit yet.  :)  I'm planning
on updating that snapshot at least one more time before the freeze for
etch, which is in October.  Of course, if there were a 0.15 release, I'd
love to package that instead.

The version number I'm using currently is 0.14.3+20060520 indicating that
it's 0.14.3 plus the changes from CVS up to 2006-05-20.  (There's a -2 on
the end for the Debian revision, but we can't really standardize on that,
as that changes every time I have to fix something internal to Debian.)

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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