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Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation o

On Tue, 30 Nov 1999, Wichert Akkerman wrote:

> Previously Martin Schulze wrote:
> > We are told that the installation routine is free software.  Though,
> > only stubs have been made available, iirc.
> If you go to ftp.corel.com and browse around you'll find the complete
> sources.

Here's my response to that-- whooptie-do. What bothers me is the trend of
making a distribution out of 99% free software produced by other people,
1% free and non-free software produced by yourself, and then doing nasty
things with the resulting mix.  There are variations on this scheme-- Red
Hat takes perhaps closer to 90% free software, mixes in around 10%
non-free software (Debian, at least, and seemingly Corel too, segregates
free from non-free, or tries to... Red Hat mixes them together wholesale)
and their customers (who are largely non-geeks) end up with the impression
that Red Hat wrote it all-- an impression that Red Hat is not wont to
counter, it would seem... But in Corel's case, they're taking a whole
bundle of free software, making a little smidgen of free software
themselves, adding some non-free software, then saying:

	* You can't download this mixture until you're 18.
	* This is Corel Linux (not Corel GNU/Linux). GNU who?
	* We retain title to this software distribution, even though it's
	  mostly not of our creation.
	* GPL? What GPL? I see no mention of the GPL in our license...

They're slapping this traditional proprietary software-like EULA on their
distribution, despite the fact that it's primarily made out of free
software! Something's gotta be legally amiss here, IMHO.


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