[GnuPG] DCO for Werner Koch
W. Trevor King
wking at tremily.us
Fri Mar 29 14:34:05 CET 2013
On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 01:51:03PM +0100, Werner Koch wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:00, wking at tremily.us said:
> > DCO proliferation, it would be nice if we could avoid pointless
> > changes. Do you think the change is meaningful?
> Yes, the GNU project prefers the term Free Software over the later
> coined term Open Source. For a detailed description see
> http://fsfe.org/documents/whyfs .
Thanks for the pointer. Comparing the four features listed for free
* run the program, for any purpose.
* study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.
* redistribute copies.
* improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so
that the whole community benefits.
with the listed features for open source software , I don't see
much of a distinction (but I'm not a lawyer).
The original DCO avoids the need to define “open source license” by
qualifying it to mean “the license indicated in the file being
patched” or “the open source license(s) involved”. I agree that if
you were going to write a DCO from scratch, using “free software”
would be fine, but since the “open source” version already exists, I
don't see the point of changing it. Can you point me towards a
license that qualifies as “open source” but not as “free software” (or
p.s. I like thinking about licenses, but I realize that this feeling
is not universal ;). Feel free to tell me that the change is not open
to discussion and I'll stop asking about it.
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