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Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program

Op wo, 02-11-2005 te 18:21 -0800, schreef Erast Benson:
> GPL:
> """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
> executable."""


As Steve said: this does not apply, since you're planning to distribute
the kernel together with the binaries. Read the final part of that
clause ("unless that...") very carefully.

This clause was added to the GPL back when there was no totally free
operating system yet, and people would need to install the GNU software
on a non-free operating system. This would allow you to use GPL'ed
software together with a non-free libc if you'd just install emacs on
your Solaris, or so.

If, however, you're planning to totally redesign Solaris into something
containing glibc and emacs from the very beginning, then this clause
does not apply, since the "major components" do "accompany the

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