Re: Summary (was: Distributing GPL Software as binary ISO)
Richard Braakman wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 09:39:08AM +0200, Martin Schulze wrote:
> > > Mentioning option 3 at all seems misleading, IMHO. No one burning CDs
> > > from our archive receives such an offer, so it should be made clear that
> > > even non-profits cannot exercise this option.
> > Err... They have received the binary code *and* the source, but
> > decided to ignore the source. Debian distributes both source and
> > binary on their archive, for both individual packages and cd images.
> Yes, so Debian is using 3(a), not 3(b).
Indeed, I'd consider Debian uses (1) , since we're distributing
source and binary at the same time, through the Internet.
> Therefore no-one who redistributes
> directly from our archive can use 3(c).
That's my interpretation as well.
As a result, even non-profit entities need to provide the source as in
(2) [3(b) in your numbering, I guess], that is, use a written offer
and provide the source for three years at least.
This is important for all Debian people who are burning CD's for
> (They key is that we provide only
> "current" sources, not sources from up to 3 years ago.)
Well, not exactly, it's a bit more complicated (as usual...). We
provide the most recent source for the particular distribution,
i.e. this includes old versions of software in older distributions
(think slink/potato/bo/etc.) but maybe not the version which was
burned on an r0 CD.
> A second-stage distributor could use option 3 when redistributing something
> from a first-stage distributor, but is that really the audience of your
> text? Such a second stage is probably not going to be a "vendor", but
> someone giving a CD to a friend.
Per definition: sure, it is. The audience is "anybody who distributes
Debian on CD or via CD images".
The goal is to present all entities that distribute Debian a guideline
or a policy that lists their requirements to fulfil the license terms
properly. I don't want to harm anybody, it's even the other way
around, I'd like to preserve them from being harmed by software
authors who see their license violated.
The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.
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