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Re: GIMP CMYK support - was [Fsfe-uk] Mac OS X refund

From: Dave Crossland
Subject: Re: GIMP CMYK support - was [Fsfe-uk] Mac OS X refund
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:55:16 +0100

On 22/01/2008, Noah Slater <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 05:12:54PM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> > The FDL is not a free software licence, so I feel that funding that
> > does not support software freedom.
> Good, free, documentation is very much a part of free software.
> To argue otherwise is patently absurd.

The criticisms of FDL MJ is famous for are not absurd; if the GFDLv2
converted the functional parts to GPLv3, and the SFDL was GPLv3, that
would be good. CC-BY-SA is *weak* and although I send money to FDL
projects, I won't use it for anything myself.

As someone who studied graphic design and propaganda for a few years,
the various software developers at the fore of the GNU project for
most of its history have made many graphic design and propaganda plays
that seem strange to me. But they are software developers, not
propagandists, so this isn't surprising.

That the manuals for GPL software are not under the GPL seems strange
to me. I understand some of the reasons the GNU project had for making
the GFDL at that time, but it seems to not have worked out as was
hoped for.


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