[linux-elitists] Open-sourcing a book

kmself@ix.netcom.com kmself@ix.netcom.com
Thu Mar 22 11:41:45 PST 2001

on Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 11:37:24AM -0800, Mr . Bad (mr.bad@pigdog.org) wrote:
> >>>>> "DV" == Derek Vadala <derek@cynicism.com> writes:
>     DV> My question is about what license would be appropriate for
>     DV> this? Assuming the whole book goes open-source and with the
>     DV> potential that only a few chapters might be open-source-- at
>     DV> the very least I want to ensure that any chapter that
>     DV> discusses implementing Software RAID under Linux is free for
>     DV> everyone to mess with.
> Hey, so, two good licenses are the OPL, which I believe O'Reilly
> already uses for some books:
>         http://opencontent.org/openpub/

The FSF notes problems with the OPL.  Less that it isn't open, more that
it isn't in all incantations.

> ...and the GNU Documentation License, which I think has more juice
> right now:
>         http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html

I'd also check licensing of current HOWTOs.  I believe some are simply
GPLd, despite the round hole/square peg fit of SW licenses to content.

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