Re: KDE not in Debian?
On Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 02:53:56PM -0600, David Starner wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 19, 2000 at 02:27:08PM -0600, David Welton wrote:
> > In these cases where there are grey areas, I wouldn't really trust
> > our opinions to be all that valid. Just as we might not trust a
> > lawyer's advice on how to implement a technical issue, maybe we
> > should consider having a lawyer looking at something that falls
> > under their area of expertise before we go off half-cocked.
> First place, I wouldn't call this a grey area. The GNU GPL's author,
> RMS, and many other legal opinions agree, the GPL conflicts with the
> QPL. The licenses are clear enough to establish this point.
Ok, fair enough.
> Second place, we're taking the safe route. No one can sue us for not
> having KDE in Debian.
I think this is a straw man argument. Think about it, Redhat
distributes KDE, Debian distributes KDE, Redhat has a market cap of 15
billion dollars, Debian doesn't have much at all. I guess that might
make it easier to 'win' against Debian, but win what?
> Debian doesn't ask lawyers because it can't afford to, money-wise.
I think people have more fun playing lawyer than getting off their
duffs and trying to find someone who would do a few small
consultations for free or reduced prices. Debian actually has a tidy
sum squirelled away, afaik.
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