Re: Desert island test
On Thu, 6 Mar 2008, MJ Ray wrote:
> > It's pretty similar to the bloody lunatic test; the license says you
> > can't distribute unless you follow some condition (distribute source/send
> > changes off the island), but an external force having nothing to do with the
> > author of the software forces you not to follow the condition. Why is it
> > the fault of the external force in one case and the fault of the license in
> > the other?
> One can spot whether it's the fault of the licence in 99% of problems
> by asking whether a change to the licence could remove the problem.
> A change to the licence could allow desert island hacking.
> No change to the licence could stop the bloody lunatic.
No, that isn't true. A change to the license which says you don't need to
include source would prevent the bloody murderer from being a problem,
just like a change saying you don't need to send changes off the island
would prevent the island from being a problem.