Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program
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On Wed, Nov 02, 2005 at 12:41:09PM -0800, Erast Benson wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 14:36 -0500, David Nusinow wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 02, 2005 at 10:41:10AM -0800, Erast Benson wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2005-11-02 at 12:13 -0500, David Nusinow wrote:
> > > > People have to ask for an account to find out how you're not violating
> > > > the license on their code?
> > > We wanted to get as much feedbacks about the layout,
> > > contents, usability and features of the web portal
> > > before opening it up fully to the public (scheduled
> > > for mid-November, barring any unforeseen circumstances).
> > > There are things like forums, mailing list, blogs,
> > > web-based Debian repository browser, etc. which need
> > > to be tested during this pilot period. We would be
> > > more than happy to open it for the public now, but
> > > we are aiming for a controlled test environment which
> > > would be hard to achieve in such a case.
> > > After all, everything there is powered by our stuffs,
> > > and we have not had the necessary resources to make
> > > sure that everything is well oiled. We'd be thrilled
> > > to have you and others test that for us.
> > > We'll be providing ISO images of our LiveCD and InstallCD
> > > in the upcoming days (hopefully sooner rather than later)
> > > via the web portal.
> > This is a total non-answer. You won't even copy and paste the answer from
> > your website to answer the question? You may have compiled a bunch of
> > Debian packages, but you clearly don't understand what Debian is about.
> in short, the answer on your "legality" question is in GPL itself. Look
> for "executable runtime" explanations. This is the reason for Cygwin,
> www.blastwave.org and others to exists.
The words "executable runtime" are not present in the text of the GPL. What
the GPL *does* say is that kernels are only exempted from being considered
part of the GPL definition of source code for a work *if* the GPLed work is
not distributed together with the kernel.
Steve Langasek Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer to set it on, and I can move the world.
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