Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 09:10:23 +0100 From: Martin Schulze <joey@...odrom.org> To: xvendor@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: Warning: man-pages became non-free Hi, I've been approached by Richard Stallman discussing the future maintenance of (GNU/)Linux manpages, who asked me to forward a question to this list: "Who would like to distribute the free man pages without the non-free ones? If you are interested in this, would you let me know?" (rms@....org) Rest of my old mail quoted for background information: Martin Schulze wrote: > this is just a warning for those of you who shipt Free Software that > is not contaminated by non-free components. The man-pages project > became inherently non-free as of version 1.65 by the inclusion of > POSIX manpages. It's license (not included in the package, though) > permits redistribution but no modifications, which is not compatible > with any idea of Free Software. > > Please see <http://linuxpr.com/releases/6599.html> for an official > announcement of The Open Group and IEEE. > > For Debian I'm stripping the non-free POSIX components off of man-pages > and repackage it. Thank got the manpages are collected in three > directories distinct from the rest of man-pages, so stripping is not > too hard. > > There's also a little thread on the debian-legal list, where I hoped > that people would disagree with me. > http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal-0402/msg00190.html Regards, Joey -- Life is too short to run proprietary software. -- Bdale Garbee
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