[debian-mysql] [Fwd: What's up with restrictive licensing?]

Stefan Hinz stefan at mysql.com
Mon Nov 12 10:36:27 UTC 2007

Christian Hammers schrieb:
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2007 11:18:47 +0100
> Stefan Hinz <stefan at mysql.com> wrote:
>> Hi Christian,
>> please see below for another of those comments we're frequently getting.
>> Quite some time ago this year we've put the MySQL man pages under the
>> GPL, and I was wondering when you'll include them again in Debian. Can
>> you give me an update which Debian release will have the MySQL man pages
>> included (or already has)?
> I remember that you fixed it and AFAIK it's already fixed in our latest 
> 5.0 SVN, too, but we never released it as we planned to upload 5.1. The 5.1 
> upload then had been postponed several times due to build errors, lack of 
> time etc... But the next upload to Debian "unstable" and of course the next 
> Debian release will have manpages!

Super-quick (and satisfying :-)) reply. Thanks!



>> Thanks in advance!
>> Regards,
>> -Stefan
>> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
>> Betreff: What's up with restrictive licensing?
>> Datum: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 18:31:44 -0700
>> Von: Justin Krueger <fuzzywoodlandcreature at gmail.com>
>> An: docs at mysql.com
>> CC: ch at debian.org
>> I, being a long-time Linux/UNIX user, tried doing what comes natural
>> to me when I want to learn more about a program and ran 'man
>> mysqldump' only to get a completely useless manual entry.
>>        MySQL  decided to release the documentation, even the manpages,
>> under a
>>        license which does not allow Debian to redistribute it.  Feel
>> free  to
>>        contact MySQL at <docs at mysql.com> if you would like to share your
>> opin-
>>        ion on the matter :)
>> I understand a right and motivation to protect intellectual property,
>> but I see no reason to make it restrictive enough (especially for
>> software considered open source) that it becomes difficult for others
>> to distribute documentation.  We're all friends here, what's the deal?
>>  I realize I can just pop a browser open and find the documentation
>> elsewhere, but I'm a geek and it should come with the software I
>> install.
>> Respectfully,
>> Justin


Stefan Hinz <stefan at mysql.com>, MySQL AB Documentation Manager
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