Documentation License Change


As part of the website redesign (still in progress), we have also reworked the Bacula manuals to fix the broken links between the 5 documents as well as to include a new more modern cover page.  Hopefully before the end of March when the next Bacula release is scheduled (it may be deferred into April if the testing doesn’t go well), I will also have found the time to do a bit of cleanup of the manual and backport the cleanups/clarifications that we have made to the Enterprise manual.

I am considering (90% decided) to switch the license of the Bacula community documentation from the current GNU Free Documentation License to the Community Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License.

For you as users, as far as I can see (I am not a lawyer) there is little difference as the new CC-BY-SA gives you the same rights and is a Free Software license.  The difference is that people who want to copy or fork it will be required to keep the attributions.  To ensure that the attributions are correct I will start a new documentation attributions file probably named DOC-AUTHORS which will contain all the names of the contributors. The purpose of this email is three fold:

1. To solicit your feedback on this possible license change.  For more details see:


2. If you have contributed to the manuals but are not the list and want to be on the list, please send me your name, email address, and a rough idea of  what you contributed.

3. If you do not want your name on this list, please let me know, and I will remove it.

Best regards,