Re: Is this software really GPL?
On Tue, 19 Oct 2004, Raul Miller wrote:
> > > <quote>
> > > I strongly suggest that you read the following two web pages:
> > > http://easyco.com/initiative/openqm/opensource/index.htm
> > > and the accompanying faq:
> > > http://easyco.com/initiative/openqm/opensource/faq.htm
> > > </quote>
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2004 at 04:48:33PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> > Yeah, those webpages are basically indicate that they haven't read
> > the GPL and don't understand what it means at all.
> That's what I thought at first.
> Rereading it, I think those pages are OK. Basically, all they seem
> to say is that if you distribute under the GPL you have to supply full
> sources to what you distribute.
Yeah, which is an additional restriction not present in the GPL.
The primary problem is that they're construing that list as a set of
restrictions against when you can use the GPLed version, which doesn't
fit with the GPL at all. [You can always use a GPLed program, you just
can't violate the terms of the GPL itself.]
It's possible that they have done this unintentionally, and intend
this list as merely a "what does using the GPLed version mean I have
to do?" query, rather than an "in order to use the GPLed version you
must do (or not do) the following" list.
Either way, it really needs some clarification.
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