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Re: Debian violates GPL?

Please don't misinterpret the GPL like that!

What the GPL *REALLY* says is that we have to do *ONE* of:

 1. Provide sources along with the binaries, which we do on our FTP
    sites and CDs;
 2. Accompany with a written offer valid for 3 years to provide sources
    at a reasonable price;
 3. Accompany with information we received about distributing source code.

Now, since we already do #1 (except in the cases I mention below), why do
you insist that we must also do #2, since GPL only requires one of those?


On Mon, Dec 21, 1998 at 08:00:07AM -0500, James LewisMoss wrote:

> >>>>> On Sun, 20 Dec 1998 13:25:36 -0600, John Goerzen <jgoerzen@complete.org> said:
>  >> diffs).  Also
>  John> Whoa, nobody's saying we need to keep every previous release
>  John> around!  I see no case when we'd need that many.  All I'm
>  John> arguing for, and this I believe is the same as others, is that
>  John> as long as there is a .deb of a certain version of a package,
>  John> the source used to generate that .deb ought to exist as well.
>  John> Please don't confuse things like that.  I'm not saying we need
>  John> to keep *every* previous version, not at all.
> Actually this is the point.  The GPL says we have to be able to
> provide sources for _3_years_ of our modified versions.  This is the
> problem that a CVS repository is trying to fix.  We literally do need
> to keep _every_ _version_ around for three years following our release 
> of it.
> Dres
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