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Debian is becoming conspicuously silly

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on December 15, 2008 09:15 PM
"A complete man page is available on the project site, but the Debian package, at least, does not include it"

Debian is notorious for making up its own rules about what is "free enough", and excludes a lot of useful material as a result. I'm all for software freedom, but we have to develop a consensus about what is "free enough" and what is not. It does not make sense for every little group to have its own incompatible set of rules.

As far as most of us are concerned, the Free Software Foundation fulfils the role of an informal standards body in this matter. If the FSF, with its legal advisors, comes up with the GPL or the GFDL then I think most of us are willing to see those as "standards". They might not be 100% perfect, but we live in an imperfect world, and cooperating with people is about compromising and getting along.

When Debian tries to kick over the traces and ram some other version of freedom down our throats then, frankly, I think Debian needs to have some common sense hammered into its collective head.

Coming back to the topic, OTS: I can't see why even the most arrogant Debian purist would find anything to object to in the license for the OTS man page. We can use it, modify the technical information, give away or sell direct or modified copies, etc. But then, I don't take too much notice of Debian's criteria for Free Documentation.


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