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Try reading my comment, OK?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 19, 2007 05:04 PM

May I suggest you actually read a comment before replying to it?

"stolen" (according to your reasoning)

I have no idea where you got this from. Certainly not from anything I wrote.

The raw material for a distro is code that the community has developed, but there's a lot more to putting together a distro than downloading a bunch of code. Other distros (for example Debian) use the code that others (including Red Hat) have developed, but they're certainly not parasites - among other things, (1) they have developed their own vision and aims, (2) they contribute significantly to the community. There are distros based on Debian, but again they have their own, different, vision and goals and they contribute to the community.

Sure, the GPL gives you the legal right to copy a bunch of code, or a whole distro, slap it onto a DVD or 6 CDs, and stick your logo on the result. But ethical distros do more than that. It is perfectly possible to stay 100% within the law, and still be a parasite.


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