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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [OT] Debian should move all GPL sw to non-free

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] [OT] Debian should move all GPL sw to non-free
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 00:23:03 +0200
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Cameron Patrick wrote:

> 1) To be DFSG-free, a licence must allow binaries built from arbitrarily
>    modified copies of the source code
> 2) GPL 2(c) disallows a particular type of modification to the source code
> 3) Therefore the GPL is not DFSG-free
> 4) But the GPL /is/ DFSG-free
> 5) Therefore either one of the above points is false, or the DFSG is
>    contradictory.

Not the DFSG is contradictory, the interpretation is.

Keep in mind that until recently, it was not clear if the non-free
section would remain part of the Debian archive (but not the
distribution).  Therefore, some developers were very interested in
increasing the value of non-free, e.g. by announcing their intent to
push various GNU documentation from main to non-free.

We know now that non-free will remain part of Debian (in some way), so
the GFDL debate loses some importance.  Maybe some of the FSF/Stallman
hatersĀ¹ are bother enough to put the matter forward, but I'm not sure.

1. I'm not implying that anyone who considers the GFDL a non-free
   software license is automatically a FSF/Stallman hater, but the
   general tone of the discussion was often not very friendly at all and
   covered in personal antipathy.

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