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

Christian Hammers ch at debian.org
Mon Nov 12 10:31:53 UTC 2007

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!



> 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

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