Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 12, 2002 03:37 AM
A closed beta doesn't constitute a "release," in much the same way that you can form a "exclusive organization of developers" with whom to share your GPL'd code, and not be obligated to release code to the public.
Also, it should be noted that while the GPL states that you must make the code available, it DOES NOT state that you have to make the code available free of charge. Lindows could make the source code available at $1,000,000 per copy. As long as it is available if someone is willing to pay that, then they are well within their legal rights. Stallman himself has agreed on this point when The Kompany used this model (though not for $1,000,000/copy it should be noted).