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Re: Permission to use portions of the recent GNU Emacs Manual

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Permission to use portions of the recent GNU Emacs Manual
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 20:59:23 +0100
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"Robert J. Chassell" <address@hidden> writes:

>    > To enable the FSF to be a `do what we do organization' rather than a
>    > `don't do what we do, do what we say' organization.
>    a) what precise purpose does the GFDL achieve for the GNU Emacs manual
>    that is not achieved by it being under the GPL (your explanation is
>    mostly about the contrast to Public Domain and/or BSD)?
> To be a `do what we do, not a do what we say' organization.

How does this hand-waving address the difference between GPL and GFDL?

Anyway, if the GPL (probably when combined with special exceptions)
does not deal satisfactorily with the problems arising in production
of tangible goods such as boxes with embedded controllers and printed
manuals, then it would be best if GPL version 3 would be written in a
manner that would not necessitate placing Texinfo manuals and similar
material tightly coupled to GPLed code under any incompatible licence.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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