Note that there is currently disagreement regarding whether or not
documentation can be asked to be free in the DFSG sense. Arguably,
the DFSG does not really apply to documentation since they are free
software guidelines. Some other people think there is not
really any distinction between documentation and software. The debate on this
have not finished yet but it may be worthwhile reading the thread at
Debian's Five Freedoms for Free Works.
For more information refer to this
on the debian-doc mailing list.
This has been an issue discussed many times on the debian-legal and debian-doc mailing list. Relevant discussions (sorted chronologically, updated as of September 2003) include:
the GNU FDL a DFSG-free license?.
possible approach in solving the FDL problem.
debate on Invariant sections (long).
opinions on Debian vs the GFDL.
to maintainers of GFDL docs.
There is a workgroup to try to make the license version 3.0 compatible with the
Some people think that some sections, such as IV.2, IV.4 and IV.5 might be too
restrictive, and IV.3 might be more specific than needed. However, this
license was discussed in the debian-legal mailing list in
1999 (old draft discussion).
The reasons for using of debiandoc-sgml is, among others, historical.
When the DDP started producing documentation for Debian there was no SGML DTD
that fit the needs of the documentation team.
DTD used by the Linux Documentation Project at the time, lacked some features,
and the documentation team decided to create it's own DTD.
This has also been chosen by
Documentation Project as its main format as described in the
Note that there currently is no stylesheet made by the DDP to build documents
in the right way (tm). Volunteers for this task should
contact the debian-doc mailing
Which will unfortunately include usually also a lot of spam due to his name being published in many places and making it a target for mail harvesters :-(
This makes it easier for the maintainer to apply the patch in case the document has changes a lot since the reader read it and reported the bug with a patch. Many documents are moving targets and might change quite a lot from one reader to another
Debian Documentation Policy (DEPRECATED and OLD DRAFT)CVS, Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:44:38 +0000