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Re: Knoppix and GPL



On Sat, May 10, 2003 at 06:37:15PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 05:25:02PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > > 3) Would anyone be willing to help with souch a complaint?  
> > Send it to the FSF's gpl enforcement team.
> 
> I'm lost. Why are we arguing and going to "enforcement teams" instead
> of just offering to host the Knoppix source on some debian.org
> machines? Given most of it is already part of our archive, that no
> one seems to have a problem with the source being available, and that,
> whatever else it may be aside, Knoppix seems to be good advertising for
> Debian it seems like a polite, friendly, logical, win-win, sort of thing
> to do...

I can't think of any distributers of knoppix offhand who would be
affected one way or the other by such an offer. We've already
established that Klaus Knopper is probably not in violation, it's the
magazines with CDs glued to their covers and commercial retailers
which are a more significant problem. Glancing at the sites linked
from knoppix.net, I can't find any who say they will ship the relevant
sources.

Such things should, indeed, be sent to the FSF's GPL enforcement team,
who will contact the offending distributers and explain how copyleft
software works to them.

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