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Re: Freeradius and Debian

On Sat, Nov 23, 2002 at 03:07:15PM -0800, Walter Landry wrote:
> Sam Hartman <hartmans@debian.org> wrote:
> > I'm not presenting a coherent enough argument to convince debian-legal
> > I'm right; I'm too lazy to do so and it would involve significant
> > research on my part.  Instead I'm trying to convince interested
> > parties that the fact that there exists a library that is GPL
> > compatible and that has the exact same interface may interact with the
> > anti-linking argument.

> If there is a GPL compatible library that we can run and build the
> program with, then the resulting object file contains no GPL code.  If
> we distribute it to a user, and that user decides, at runtime, to link
> to some other library, then Debian is in the clear (as is the user,
> unless the user distributes the aggregate).

And if it's linked at runtime with the GPL-incompatible library not
because the user has made a choice, but rather because that's where our
package dependencies lead, is Debian still in the clear?

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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