GNU FDL changes

MJ Ray mjr at
Sat Dec 8 00:07:15 UTC 2007

Alex Hudson <home at> wrote: [...]
> "Shackles" is possibly the wrong word, but certainly Wikipedia had
> problems with the GFDL from the beginning, viz.:

Never mind!  Around the time of that message, Wikipedia relicensed
everything without the consent of some contributors anyway, so they
could just do that again, except now they're so well-known that the
backlash would probably kill them.  See:-

> I'm personally not against the GFDL, but I think its use at Wikipedia
> was misguided at best. It doesn't do that great outside the narrow
> "manual" focus.

It doesn't do that great for manuals either.  The ability to limit
reuse of a manual by another project (through inclusion of an
Invariant Section on a Primary topic of that project) is just too

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