licensing query

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Fri Nov 10 06:11:32 UTC 2006

IANAL (I am not a lawyer), so you should definitely confirm this before
taking action.  However, documents under the GFDL (GNU Free
Documentation License) almost certainly have to be distributed under
that license, whether or not you modify them.  Thus, you should probably
distribute the whole toolkit under the GFDL as well.  If the GFDL
documents state, "Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or
modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation
License, Version 1.x or any later version published by the Free Software
Foundation" or something similar, you are entitled to redistribute them
under the GFDL 2.0 when that license is released (there is a discussion
draft at  I recommend
GFDL 2.0, to simplify reuse, especially excerpting.

Matthew Flaschen

Babar Haq wrote:
> Hello
> We are a government organization working under the umbrella of Ministry
> of Information Technology, Pakistan.  Primary objectives of our
> organization are:
>   * Developing a community for OSS
>   * Holding workshops on OSS development in all major cities of Pakistan
>   * Creating a network of OSS developers
>   * Grooming an environment for OSS development in Pakistan
>   * Encouraging research and development on OSS activities in local
>     universities with international collaboration
> Our project is developing a toolkit containing step-by-step manuals
> related to open source applications for databases, application servers,
> desktop applications, office productivity suites, Enterprise Resource
> Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, and
> open source desktop applications for the Microsoft Windows platform.
> These manuals are *taken* from different online documents covered mostly
> under FDL. We have also edited these manuals to suit our needs. We need
> help on deciding what license we may use to publish this tool kit.
> Looking forward to your reply.
> Regards,

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