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Re: How aggressively should non-distributability bugs be dealt with?



On Wed, 16 Jun 2004 16:22:06 -0700 Josh Triplett wrote:

> Francesco Poli wrote:
> > IMHO the best solution would be to contact the firmware copyright
> > holder and persuade her to rilicense it under a GPL-compatible
> > license (so that every doubt would go away immediately).
> 
> This would not solve the problem, unless they also released the source
> of the firmware.  Without that source, the firmware would either be
> non-distributable (if under a license like the GPL that requires
> source) or non-free (if the license does not require source).

Of course, releasing the source is an essential step of making something
free.
When I wrote "to r[e]license it under a GPL-compatible license" (and put
a typo in it...  :p ) I meant implicitly that source code should be
provided also...


-- 
             |  GnuPG Key ID = DD6DFCF4 | You're compiling a program
  Francesco  |        Key fingerprint = | and, all of a sudden, boom!
     Poli    | C979 F34B 27CE 5CD8 DC12 |         -- from APT HOWTO,
             | 31B5 78F4 279B DD6D FCF4 |             version 1.8.0

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