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This is a loose timeline of the history of the GNU Free Documentation License issue within Debian. It's meant to be a "one-stop shop" for people who want to know more. This is a loose timeline of the history of the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) issue within Debian. It's meant to be a "one-stop shop" for people who want to know more.
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 * 2002-11: the FSF publishes version 1.2 of the GNU Free Documentation License: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html
 * 2003: Manoj publishes draft statement on GFDL: http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/Position_Statement.xhtml
 * 2006-03-12: GR 2006-01 Option 2 passes: "GFDL-licensed works without unmodifiable sections are free": http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001
The [[http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html|official page for the FDL]].

 * 2000-01-19
  * Richard Stallman [[http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/debian-legal-0001/msg00077.html|posts a draft of version 1.0]] of the GNU FDL; this began immediate discussion on the terms, and version 1.0 appears not to have been officially published.
 * 2000-03
  *the FSF publishes [[http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.1.txt|version 1.1 of the GNU FDL]].
 * 2002-11
  * the FSF publishes version 1.2 of the GNU FDL.
 * 2003-08-21 .. 2003-08-28
  * [[BrandenRobinson]] conducts a survey of debian-legal: [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/08/msg00605.html|Is the GNU FDL a DFSG-free license?]], then later [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-www/2003/08/msg00270.html|posts the results]].
 * 2003-08-28
  * [[NathanaelNerode]] [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/08/msg01115.html|proposes a change]] to the Debian website, pointing to his brief [[http://home.twcny.rr.com/nerode/neroden/fdl.html|Why You Shouldn't Use the GNU FDL]] article.
 * 2003-09-15
  * [[ManojSrivastava]] [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/09/msg00703.html|publishes]] a draft [[http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/Position_Statement.xhtml|Debian position statement on the FDL]].
 * 2006-03-12
  * [[http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001|Debian GR 2006-01]] Option 2 passes: "GFDL-licensed works without unmodifiable sections are free".
 * 2006-09-26
  * the FSF [[http://www.fsf.org/news/gfdl-dd1.html|publishes the first discussion draft for version 2 of the GNU FDL]].

Mailing list discussion:

 * 2003-08-23
  * debian-legal: [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/08/msg00693.html|A possible GFDL compromise]]
   * One of the more persistent arguments revolves around the difference between the FSF's position that users do not deserve the same freedoms in both programs and documentation, and the Debian position that all software (whether programs, documentation, audio, video, or any other) must meet the DFSG to be in Debian. This [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/09/msg00545.html|long sub-thread on the definition of "software"]] started by [[MathieuRoy]] exemplifies the resulting conflicts and confusions.
 * 2003-09-23
  * debian-legal: [[NathanaelNerode]] identifies a [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/09/msg01203.html|key point on which the Debian and FSF positions disagree]] with regard to freedom.
 * 2003-09-24
  * RMS makes explicit that [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/09/msg01220.html|he believes users deserve different freedoms depending on the interpretation of the bitstream]].
    {{{I don't believe that political essays ought to be free in the same sense as documentation or [programs], for instance.}}}
  * RMS states that [[http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/09/msg01221.html|he doesn't believe it matters whether the FDL is a free software license]].
    {{{I am not sure if the GFDL is a free software license, but I don't think the question matters.}}}

This is a loose timeline of the history of the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) issue within Debian. It's meant to be a "one-stop shop" for people who want to know more.

The official page for the FDL.

Mailing list discussion: