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Advogato: Which License for Free Documentation?

Jul 08, 2003, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Crawford)

"The Debian community has decided that the GNU Free Documentation License is not actually a free license at all, and is starting work to remove GFDL-licensed work from its main distribution. Such will only be available in non-free, which some people never install out of principle and CDROM vendors cannot distribute in whole because the licenses on some packages forbid it. Their objections stem from restrictions on modification of invariant sections and cover texts, and are neatly summarized in Why You Shouldn't Use the GNU FDL.

"I wrote some GFDLed publications. I am considering changing their license, as I would like my documents to be included with Free Software distributions, including Debian. My question is, which one should I use? Should I change my license at all? I'm not actually convinced that my own desire for how my work is to be used actually meets Debian's requirements.

"I have several documents under the GFDL, specifically the articles at the Linux Quality Database and The ZooLib Cookbook. I have quite a few proprietary writings, and have been considering relicensing some of them to make them Free..."

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