[scribus] 1.4.2 and Fedora 18

Tornóci László tornoci.laszlo at med.semmelweis-univ.hu
Sat Feb 23 13:53:28 UTC 2013

On 02/23/2013 11:15 AM, "Christoph Schäfer" wrote:
> Alessandro,
> I'm becoming a bit tired of these never-ending and sneaky attempts to
> blackmail us into a change of the documentation licence just because
> you or one of your buddies don't like it.
I was not happy to read this thread. I appreciate the work of both 
Christoph (I've bought a copy of "The official manual"), and a.l.e who 
contributed a _lot_ to this list and helped to answer hundreds of 
questions here. Scribus is well known, but not large enough. The use of 
this style hurts the whole project imho.

I think we need a more pragmatic view about the docs licence. Every 
decision you make in your life has benefits and drawbacks associated 
with it. No decision is "right" per se. While I completely understand 
the reason why that particular licence was chosen for the docs, I still 
have to say it was unusual, and considering all effects not a good 
choice. It solves one problem, but it creates some others. This is not 
the first time distributions drop the docs of scribus because of the 
licence. And scribus is not very easy to learn, let's face that. So the 
licence hinders the acceptance of scribus. You may argue that this 
shouldn't have happened, and the people who compile the distros 
misinterpret the licence, and that they are simply not right. But that 
keeps happening.

I am not sure though that the licence should be changed, I don't even 
know if that is feasible or not. And definitely it is not up to me to 
make this decision. But the problem is there, so something should be 
done about it. E.g. providing less complete docs with a licence that is 
"free enough" for the major distros, as a.l.e suggested. Ok, I know, I 
am free to start working on this (but unfortunately, I don't have the 
time to do that).

So gentlemen, please, less blood, more pragmatism. I like scribus, and 
I'd like to see it more successful. Just my 2c.

                     Yours: Laszlo

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