Distributing GPL software.
Say I want to put OpenOffice.org on a CD and distribute it. According to
the L/GPL I have to include the source code or promise to have the
source code available for three years (section 3).
The problem is that the source code for OOo is a few gigabytes. :( It's
not practical to distribute the source code. In my CD I also want to
include KOffice and Abiword, which makes the problem worse.
Is there any way out of this? I'm not modifying the source at all. I
just download the tar.gz file and put it on a CD.
Does this clause mean that everyone who is giving out OpenOffice or
Knoppix CDs is breaking the law?
I hope that section 3c might save me here. Here's my reasoning: when I
downloaded OpenOffice I didn't get the sources. So, by section 3b, I
must have a promise to the sources. So, by section 3c, I can transfer
that promise to you.
Does that work?
\/_/ I am not over-weight, I am under-tall.