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Re:About Wine;

Posted by: Clinton Ebadi on April 12, 2002 03:57 AM

First off, they need not obey the GPL,
only the LGPL


I think the FSF is referring to the other parts of
the system like KDE. The GPL
says that you have to give the source code upon
request if you have distrubuted the binaries of a
program covered under the GPL, therefore you have to make
the source available to whoever you distributed
the binaries to. Read it yourself. Since the beta
testers recieved the binaries, they have the right
to request and recieve (for a "reasonable cost")
the source code to any GPL licensed software. If
Lindows is refusing to give it to them, they are
in violation of the GPL and could lose their right
to distribute the binaries. The important parts are in section
3:




    3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it,
under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of
Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:


        a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable

        source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections

        1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,


        b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three

        years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your

        cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete

        machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be

        distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium

        customarily used for software interchange; or,


        c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer

        to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is

        allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you

        received the program in object code or executable form with such

        an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

So, as you can see from Section 3 of the GPL,
Lindows is violating the GPL. If the FSF ignored
this, then it could weaken future enforcement of the
GPL

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