Re: A possible GFDL compromise
On Monday, Sep 8, 2003, at 16:03 US/Eastern, Joe Moore wrote:
Anthony DeRobertis said:
The GPL prohibits us from distributing Debian on orange peels or
probably even punch cards, because that's not "on a medium customarily
used for software interchange."
The medium restriction you note refers only to the source code. We can
distribute Debian on orange peels (There's more to Debian than just
No we can't. We can distribute parts of Debian on orange peels. The
DFSG applies to all of Debian, not just the non-source subset.
Also, if the binaries are distributed on orange peels, then orange
must meet the criteria for "software interchange", since the binaries
Yes, but that's irrelevant. It is certainly possible to interchange
software on orange peels, but it is not a "medium customarily used for
software interchange", which is what the GPL requires.