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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] RFCs and FSDG

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] RFCs and FSDG
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:45:12 GMT

    Are they OK or not for a free software distro in the FSF sense?

To my knowledge, it has always been the analysis that RFC's and similar
(C standards, POSIX standards, W3C standards, just about any kind of
official standard) are not ok for free distros.  Because they are
"information for practical use" (term from but
they do not typically allow modification, just verbatim redistribution.

John, Donald, anyone, am I wrong?  (I hope so.)

Which leaves many free software packages (not just distros) in the
position of implementing standards which they are not allowed to
distribute.  Bizarre and unwelcome IMHO, but that seems to be the


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