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Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program

Matthew Garrett wrote:
Michael Banck <mbanck@debian.org> wrote:

At the time of writing, I assumed "GNU/Solaris" implied they'd use the
GNU libc (so I didn't even ask them about it).

Having downloaded their preview ISO:

The system is using Solaris's C library, but contains a great deal of
GPLed material. When I queried this, I was told

"Our reading of the GPL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html) tells us
that we are fully compliant. Sun libc is exempt simply because it is
(quote from GPL, Section 3) 'normally distributed (in either source or
binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel...'."

I've pointed out that the rest of that sentence rules out that line of
argument, but haven't received a response yet.

Here's the 2nd part of the answer:

support@nexenta.com wrote:
> Hi Matthew,
> <snip>
> Then again, there's the Solaris distribution from Sun Microsystems.
> Sun's JDS
> has gnome-about. Here's the linkage from Solaris Express (that comes by
> the way
> on a single DVD):
> # cat /etc/release
>                                Solaris 11 nv_16 X86
>            Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
>                         Use is subject to license terms.
>                              Assembled 01 June 2005
> # which gnome-about
> /usr/bin/gnome-about
> # ldd `which gnome-about` | grep libc
>         libc.so.1 =>     /lib/libc.so.1
>         libcrypto.so.0.9.7 =>    /usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.7
>         libcrypto_extra.so.0.9.7 =>
> /usr/sfw/lib/libcrypto_extra.so.0.9.7
> # /usr/ccs/bin/mcs -p `which gnome-about`
> /usr/bin/gnome-about:
> 2.6.0:JDS3:SUNWgnome-panel:i386:2005-05-16:supported
> The question is, are you going to pursue a legal action against Sun
> Microsystems?
> Best regards!
> Nexenta Systems, Inc.

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