When "Free" Isn't Good Enough
Posted May 1, 2003 4:45 UTC (Thu) by piman
Parent article: When "Free" Isn't Good Enough
It's irrelevant to talk about whether or not we should apply different standards to documentation than to code, until we can separate what is code and what is documentation.
If I have a manual in the binary (in strings, for instance), is that code or documentation? Are LaTeX documents, which are in a text-formatting language that also happens to be Turing-complete, code or documentation? (What about (tt LISPS) which can map directly to HTML documents?).
If you go over the debian-legal mailing list, you'll find this issue brought up a number of times, with no satisfactory result. There is no reasonable way to separate documentation from code; there's definitely no reasonable way to license it freely, differently from code.
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