Re: web hosting providers' modified .debs
> Just curious, e.g., dreamhost.com modifies Debian .debs to produce
> their hosting environment, which we Dreamhost users then use on our
> shell accounts there.
> If I can do
> $ cat file
> then I should always also be able to cat the source (.deb) to that
> same cat, no? (I can at present.)
It's ambigous in the GPLv2. The GPLv3 makes it pretty clear that
Dreamhost can take your rights on that software away (read: you aren't
even allowed to copy the binaries), and does not have to provide
source code in this case. Only if they allow you to copy the binaries,
they are forced to provide source code as well.
 This doesn't have to be enforced by the file system.