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Re: [Groff] removing RUNOFF man page

From: Colin Watson
Subject: Re: [Groff] removing RUNOFF man page
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:30:52 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sun, Jan 05, 2014 at 12:35:25PM +0100, Bernd Warken wrote:
> > Von: "Ralph Corderoy" <address@hidden>
> > It also changes the licence from >=GPLv3 to >=GPLv2 on a couple of files
> > that remain;  they're copyright FSF.  COPYING at the top level is v3.  I
> > don't know if this is an issue, just raising it for those that do.
> GPL2 is logical, GPL3 is bullshit from `above'.  Debian succesfully fought
> against GPL3 for years.  Everything using GPL3 and FDL became non-free and
> was hidden in normal Debian publications.

No, this statement about Debian's behaviour is simply untrue and always
has been.

Debian did determine that GFDL-licensed works containing unmodifiable
sections are non-free per its guidelines
( - note that this is
confusingly laid out, and the winning option was Amendment A).

Debian has never had any widespread objections to GPLv3, and has
certainly never considered it non-free.  Packages using GPLv3 have been
in Debian main for years.

Of course you are entitled to have whatever opinions you like about the
GPLv3 - but please refrain from spreading untruths about Debian in the

Colin Watson                                       address@hidden

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