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[Texmacs-dev] GNU FSL and Debian FDL conflict

From: David Allouche
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] GNU FSL and Debian FDL conflict
Date: Thu, 1 May 2003 16:20:29 +0200
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The Debian people are raising an issue which is IMHO important.


It seems that documentation distributed under the GNU Free
Documentation License (GFDL) including Invariant Sections is
incompatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG).

I have always been somewhat incomfortable with the idea of invariant
sections in GFDL licensed documentation, it seems that some people are
seeing a real problem there. It is debated whether it is even
reasonable to draw a distinction between code and documentation for
licensing purposes.

So, the issues are:

  Does the GFDL licensed TeXmacs documentation include any invariant

  Should we have a policy regarding such invariant sections?

Since the TeXmacs documentation currently includes no work from me
(though that may change in the future) I have very little authority on
that issue. Yet I think this issue is important.

My two cents, of course, is that the texmacs documentation should not
include any invariant section besides what is strictly required by the
license: a copy of th FDL license itself.

                                                            -- DDAA

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