DocBook: The Definitive Guide Updated

Volume 9, Issue 97; 13 Oct 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

The Definitive Guide is now even more free. There are other updates too, but those happen with some regularity.

DocBook: The Definitive Guide (and its 5.0 counterpart) have always been “free”, that is, available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

However, the exact license had a back cover text clause (as the GFDL allows). If you printed it, you were required to put: “Visit O'Reilly on the Web at” on the back cover.

At the time that license was initially used, O'Reilly was publishing the book in print and I thought it was perfectly reasonable to make sure O'Reilly got some credit.

The Debian community disagrees. I think the Debian position is a bit…pedantic, but I don't want to argue about it. I won't enjoy the argument and DocBook won't benefit from being perceived as having any sort of restrictive license.

With that in mind, I'm delighted to announce that, with O'Reilly's blessing, DocBook: The Definitive Guide and DocBook 5.0: The Definitive Guide are now available under the GNU FDL with no invariant clauses.

Share and enjoy!


I'm a big fan of Docbook TDG, but my copy is a bit dated. Do you know if O'Reilly is planning on publishing a second edition of TDG covering Docbook 5.0?

—Posted by Mike Santy on 08 Jan 2007 @ 04:13 UTC #

It seems unlikely, but when it's really ready, I'll certainly ask.

I should be able to find some self-publishing outfit, if nothing else.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 08 Jan 2007 @ 05:12 UTC #