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Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program

Matthew Garrett wrote:

Erast Benson <erast@gnusolaris.org> wrote:
"""The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
making modifications to it.  For an executable work, complete source
code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any
associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to control
compilation and installation of the executable.  However, as a special
exception, the source code distributed need not include anything that is
normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major
components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on
which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the

"Unless that component itself accompanies the executable". Or, in other
words, the binary (say, bash) can't accompany, say, the C library. You
can quibble over the meaning of the word "accompany", but so far we're
lacking a statement from any of the copyright holders (such as Sun, the
FSF or the thousands of other people who hold copyright over GPLed
software) about what their interpretation is.

From this:


Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) <http://www.opensolaris.org/os/licensing/cddllicense.txt>

   This is a free software license which is not a strong copyleft; it
   has some complex restrictions that make it incompatible with the GNU
   GPL <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>. It requires that all
   attribution notices be maintained, while the GPL only requires
   certain types of notices. Also, it terminates in retaliation for
   certain aggressive uses of patents. So, a module covered by the GPL
   and a module covered by the CDDL cannot legally be linked together.
   We urge you not to use the CDDL for this reason.

   Also unfortunate in the CDDL is its use of the term "intellectual
   property" <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.xhtml>.


Bill Gatliff

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