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License: GPLv3

The source of this site is licensed under the GPLv3.

Why apply a software license to a website?

This site contains material for trainings that I give. The material is structured much like software (topics depend on other topics; see for example here and here)

See also this discussion over at LWN.

Why not an Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) license?

Like with software that I write, I don’t want anybody to make money with my course material without giving modifications back.

I’m not a lawyer, but I understand that CC BY-SA permits exactly that.

Why not the GNU Free Documentation License

A while ago, there was a Debian resolution to not use the GFDL because it is too restrictive. This article describes pretty much the same issues.

How do I choose a license altogether?

I have no idea. https://choosealicense.com/ appears helpful.


Progress is happening on Github.

$ git clone https://github.com/jfasch/jfasch-home.git


Built with the wonderful Sphinx documentation generator. Homepages generally contain content, which is not much different from documentation - so yes, Sphinx is a really great static website generator. It lets me focus myself on content, with an eye towards structure and built-in link consistency (it won’t let me break links by moving content around).

Last not least, Sphinx has an extension interface that I use a lot to make course material a little more maintainable.

Installation Instructions

Clone Repo, create and populate a virtual environment (as yourself, not root).

$ git clone https://github.com/jfasch/jfasch-home.git
$ python -m venv ~/venv/jfasch-home-venv
$ . ~/venv/jfasch-home-venv/bin/activate
(jfasch-home-venv) $ pip install -r requirements.txt

Install external dependencies (as root). This is Fedorish; your mileage might vary.

# dnf install pandoc graphviz dia gtest gtest-devel
  • pandoc for markdown handling in jupyter notebooks

  • graphviz for those funky dependency graphs (example)

  • dia for historical baggage (convert .dia vector drawings to SVG)

Work in Progress

Like any software, this is work in progress. That work is sloppily tracked here.