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Re: [Help-smalltalk] [RFH] writing hacker's guide

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Help-smalltalk] [RFH] writing hacker's guide
Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2008 11:12:52 +0100
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Stephen Compall wrote:
On Fri, 2008-01-04 at 15:48 +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
I'm unsure what to do about the warning re: filing of copyright
assignment that is mentioned on the "missing manual pages" page. Should
there be one on the Hacker's Guide? Would it discourage contributions
from random people?
No, I don't believe one is necessary for the hacker's guide.

I added this note to explain the warning:

A page without this note needs to be copyright-audited before
inclusion to remove changes from contributors unwilling to file a
copyright assignment or disclaimer.

The warning is there to discourage changes from such contributors, as
those would only interfere with the stated purpose of "missing manual
pages".  If you don't intend to include the Hacker's Guide in the
manual, the warning is unnecessary and undesirable.

Exactly. The hacker's guide belongs on the Internet more than in a formal package distribution. It is meant for people that are going to use a distro's packages, as much as (or even more than) for people who follow the VCS archives.


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