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Re: GPL, OpenSSL and Non-Free

On Thu, 30 Dec 2004, Lewis Jardine wrote:
> /unless that component itself accompanies the executable/." (my emphasis)
> As I understand it, in a Debian distribution, anything that could
> qualify for the exception 'accompanies the executable' by virtue of
> being on the same CD/web server/etc. Is this a correct
> interpretation?

Typically. Yet, in this particular case, we were talking
(hypothetically) about moving FreeRadius into non-free, and whether or
not that would enable us to distribute it at all by activating this

Since non-free is not part of Debian, and doesn't get distributed on
the same CD, an argument could be made that it doesn't accompany
OpenSSL. [I don't know if I agree with this argument, but I'll admit
that a sufficiently high powered lawyer could get this argument to
convince a court of law.]

However, I've maintained that even if that is the case, we still can't
activate this clause because OpenSSL is not "normally distributed (in
either source or binary form) with the major components". It is
especially telling that openssl is Priority: optional, not even
Priority: standard or higher as are pretty much all of the "major
components" (kernel[1], compiler, etc.)]

Don Armstrong

1: Well, most kernels are optional too, but you'll be hard pressed to
have a system without one somewhere...
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I 
realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked
Him to forgive me.
 -- Emo Philips.

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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