[scribus] 1.4.2 and Fedora 18

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Fri Feb 22 12:52:33 UTC 2013

hi christoph,
> We have discussed this over and over again in the past. The documentation *is* free, but it's not fair game, i.e., you cannot take it and publish a printed copy without permission from the authors. That's basically the only restriction.

having discussed this issue in the past does not seem to have solved it.
it pops up again and again.

and i'm a bit puzzled, that you say that it's a non issue, but one of 
your co-authors, is complaining about the documentation not being 
included in his distribution of choice.

blaming others projects because they don't bother enough to do some work 
to compensate a lack of freedom / separate packaging in scribus... is 
this the the way to go?

looking at the way the scribus documentation has evolved, i really would 
welcome if you could take the current documentation, make it really 
nonfree and do some real marketing for it. sell it!

and, by default, leave a free documentation in scribus, one that is less 
complete than the one currently existing, but one that can be 
distributed with each copy of scribus. one that can be replaced by the 
commercial one, if the user has bought it / buys it. i have no problem 
with some publicity for the commercial version in the free version (if 
the sells at least partially go to the scribus project). and with "pay 
and download" button!
(yes, there is enough stuff in the wiki to put together a basic free 

finally, one day, you may discover that when the rest of the world (or 
at least of the computer world) uses a well known set of definitions for 
free, saying "free but..." is very likely the same as saying "non free" 
for many practical uses.

this is the main reason why it's not a good idea to use a self baked 
free license for a free project.
and this is why, despite deeply welcoming the idea that free software 
should restrict the use for military purposes, i'm glad that none of the 
mainstream free licenses has this restriction!


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