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Re: system call documentation [license question]

To: Andreas Gruenbacher <ag@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: system call documentation [license question]
From: Andi Kleen <ak@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 16:50:17 +0100
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> The man pages are intended to be GPL licensed, while libacl (and libattr)
> was originally intended to be under LGPL. I have been quite lazy on

IMHO GPL or LGPL doesn't make much sense for documentation. For example
if someone printed them out and sold them as book would you really want to force
them to include a CD with the roff format ("prefered format for modification")?

When I wrote man pages I put them onto the same license as most of the
other man pages are, which roughly says "do what you want, but add a changelog
for changes and don't remove my name"

Another alternative would be the new FDL from the FSF
(http://www.fsf.org/licenses/fdl.html)
but it seems to be a bit too complicated for me.

-Andi


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