Bug#384019: vim-runtime: [NONFREE-DOC:OPL] vim's user manual and reference manual are not DFSG free

Stefano Zacchiroli zack at debian.org
Mon Aug 21 12:23:31 UTC 2006

On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 11:55:17PM +1200, Carlos Z.F. Liu wrote:
> Package: vim-runtime
> Version: 1:7.0-035+1
> Severity: serious
> Justification: DFSG
> Hi,
> Currently, part of vim's documents (user manaul and reference manual)
> are using OPL license, which is considered as DFSG-incompatible[1]. You
> can verify this info by typing ":help manual-copyright" in vim editor.

Actually ":help manual-copyright" is incoherent about what license
applies to the manual. It states:

   This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and
   conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, v1.0 or later.
   The latest version is presently available at:


(same license name for the book, no URL there)

The license pointed to by the URL however it is not the Open Publication
License v1.0 (which is indeed non-free according to debian-legal), but
rather the OpenContent License v1.0, for which I've found no discussion
on debian-legal (nor it is mentioned in [1]).

So, this is an issue: discover which license applies to the book and to
the manual.

Other sources make me think that the Open Publication License is indeed
the license that applies to it, but it should be verified:
- http://www.moolenaar.net/vim_errata.html
- http://www.gnu.org/doc/other-free-books.html

We will get in touch with upstream to discover which is the case.

Thanks for the bug report.

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses

Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
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