[Haskell] Re: License for haskell.org content

Jan-Willem Maessen jmaessen at alum.mit.edu
Mon Jan 9 19:34:40 EST 2006

On Jan 9, 2006, at 7:19 AM, Simon Marlow wrote:

> Chris Kuklewicz wrote:
>> ==============
>> Conclusion
>> It is not possible to borrow text from a GFDL'd manual and  
>> incorporate
>> it in any free software program whatsoever.  This is not a mere
>> license incompatibility.  It's not just that the GFDL is incompatible
>> with this or that free software license: it's that it is  
>> fundamentally
>> incompatible with any free software license whatsoever.  So if you
>> write a new program, and you have no commitments at all about what
>> license you want to use, saving only that it be a free license, you
>> cannot include GFDL'd text.
>> The GNU FDL, as it stands today, does not meet the Debian Free
>> Software Guidelines.  There are significant problems with the  
>> license,
>> as detailed above; and, as such, we cannot accept works licensed unde
>> the GNU FDL into our distribution.
>> ==============
>> Thus defaulting the FDL for all wiki content, including code, is a  
>> very bad idea.
> I agree - can we please use BSD or public domain?

I concur.  If you work at a largish company, the IP contamination  
worries can be really irritating.  Putting it all in the public  
domain ensures that people like me can read and contribute without  

-Jan-Willem Maessen

> Cheers,
> 	Simon
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