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Re: Fragmentation in Linux Documentation?



On Fri, 2007-04-20 at 07:33 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Karsten Wade wrote:
> 
> > OTOH, Spot (and others) have reminded me that the differences between
> > distros outweigh the similarities.
> 
> That is not a problem for some of the documentation like basic server 
> side sys administration guides.

We'd still need a full analysis to see if it was worth it.  It could be
that 20% or 50% or 80% of the content could be shared.

> > Maybe ... maybe we need to coordinate with other distros to put a common
> > front-end on TLDP to allow us all to update it, and use it as a common
> > docbase?  We can use any content that is GPL, afaik, although it's not
> > our preferred license for documentation.  The majority of TLDP is still
> > GPL, right?
> 
> GPL? You mean GNU FDL. TLDP licensing is a bit of mess but I would guess 
> that the important docs are under GNU FDL which I believe is 
> incompatible with Open Publication License.

:( Bummer ...

http://www.tldp.org/LDP/LDP-Author-Guide/html/doc-licensing.html

Because authors retain copyright and choose their own license, there
isn't going to be a way that e.g. LDP could multi-license content.  So
that pretty much lets us out of the running.

FWIW, I'm glad.  I don't like the GNU FDL.  It's a PITA to administrate,
I believe the lawyers who tell me it doesn't give enough protection, and
it definitely seems contradictory to the GPL.  It's too bad the CC BY-SA
doesn't include warranty protection ...

- Karsten
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