Re: MPL and Source Code
Craig Southeren <email@example.com> writes:
> On Sun, 02 Apr 2006 11:55:01 +0200
> Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Reading your previous posts about MPL, seems that the main problem MPL
> > presents is that Debian does not keep source code for every change at
> > least 6 months, as required in point 3.2.
> > While this can be true for MPL packages being only in the archive it
> > is not if the package is being maintained in svn.debian.org, as it will
> > keep every change (released or not) for more than required 6 months, and
> > nowhere in MPL it says that those changes has to be shipped together
> > with binary, only made available.
> A problem would only occur if there was a Debian release that contained
> source code that is is not in the SVN archive. Does this ever occur?
> In any case, this seems less onerous than GPL 3b) which requires
> effectively the same for three years.
This is not the only issue with the MPL -- as Mike Hommey recently
reminded -legal, there are others. GPL section 3(b) is considered
non-free in itself, but it is one of several options; a distributor
may satisfy the GPL by making the work's source code available at the
same time and in the same place as the object code.