Documentation vs. Software (Re: Savannah rejects a project because it uses GPL)
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Thu Feb 16 22:14:19 UTC 2006
What about starting looking beyond these defects and go to the
If the defect is so grave as in this case, it is hard to look at the
So what do you call a spreadsheet with macros ? Is it a document?
Is it a program ?
It is a spreadsheet. Is a poem a document?
To me what differentiate a program from a document is that a
program can handle inputs, while, generally, documents should not.
Isn't that what I said initaially? Documents are static, programs are
not... I don't see how this differs from `handle inputs' to `not
Said that I know there a re documents that can change and take
inputs, so it really does not make any sense to draw a clear line,
the line moves on a case per case base.
I don't think anyone wants to draw a `clear' line. I could probobly
if I tried hard enough to find things which a kinda programs, and
> Debian is cleary non-free, there is nothing to dispute it. It
> isn't even based on a opinion. It is simple to prove: Does the
> Debian project distribute non-free programs? Of course it does,
> see the non-free software section on their FTP site.
I think this discussion is meaningless here.
I don't, many Debian developers try and confuse users, we should do
our out most to unconfuse them.
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