Re: About the GPL
On Mon, 31 Aug 1998 16:23:28 -0400 Avery Pennarun wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 31, 1998 at 09:55:33PM +0200, David Frey wrote:
> > > I'd say you're right; it isn't acceptable.
> Uh... guys?
Just, to clarify (maybe I was misunderstood):
On Mon, Aug 31, 1998 at 09:55:33PM +0200, David Frey wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Aug 1998 15:34:30 +0200 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > It is aceptable to sell a CD with the binary part of a linux
> > distribution and simply point the users to the ftp site for the
> > sources? I think not, because the point 3b in the license says
> > you have to give the sources for a small fee and that's not the
> > case here in europe where the telephone calls cost a lot.
> > Also the user can have a CD but no a modem, and not distributing
> > the sources on the CD you simply deny her her right to access
> > the sources.
> > Or I am wrong and it is perfectly acceptable?
> I'd say you're right; it isn't acceptable.
I refer to the statement above, i.e. only saying to the customer
``But you can download it from ftp://ftp.debian.org/...'' without
offering a mean to get the source directly from the vendor.
> >From /usr/doc/copyright/GPL:
> ...provided that you also do one of the following:
> a) ...
> 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) ...
This is not the same as b)!
> Just offer to make them a gold CD if they really want one. The "cost of
> physically performing source distribution" is the cost of a gold CD, plus
> shipping, plus the time of the person you have to hire to babysit the
Yes, I agree. This is legal and totally different from saying
``ftp it from ...''.
David Frey (B98D36A9) = 51F35923114FC864 7D05FF173C61EFDE
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