Posted by: Anonymous
on February 03, 2008 12:21 PM
@anonymous while thats what the letter of the gpl says in practice, the source is provided to everybody, look at centOS. And at the same time when projects contain propritry software, the FSF start moaning just look at the recetn BSD debate ( and that was all because BSD's package manager could install non-free software ).
I think there is a divide between the GPL legally and what the GPL represents, in my opinion something like centOS where you take money from of one of the biggest linux contributers, while legally right is not only shooting itself in the foot but also ethically questionable, as the GPL was made so that you can learn from the code of others, and improve that code, not just steal it. On the other hand stuff like Ubuntu and centOS do encourage people to take up linux and so help companies like RH. Does freeloading help or harm foss?