Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program
On Thu, 3 Nov 2005, Matthew Garrett wrote:
Debian scales fine on non-glibc ports. It doesn't do so well on non-GPL
compatible ports. These are very much not the same thing.
In fact, Debian and GPL software in general work just fine on non-GPL
compatible platforms. I use and distribute (even commercially) a number
of GPLed programs compiled for the most closed, evil and proprietary libc
in existence (msvc), and I have a full right to do so. In fact, a good
deal of Debian packages compile and run using both CygWin and Microsoft
libraries -- libraries that are shipped with the OS.
The only restriction is that I can't distribute GPLed things and MS
Windows _together_. This is purely intentional, and it was devised as a
way to fight proprietary operating systems. The OS exception is there to
make the likes of Microsoft or Sun compelled to give us a set of
well-defined freedoms. That is, the licensing problems you have are not
a side issue that should be worked around, they arise from one of key
goals of the GPL.
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