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Re: Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?

In message <[🔎] 20080823174042.GA16741@pcpool00.mathematik.uni-freiburg.de>, Bernhard R. Link <brlink@debian.org> writes
* Arc Riley <arcriley@gmail.com> [080823 14:31]:
What was proposed was that every single user of the software would be
required to host, on their own server and at their own expense, or even over
the same net access through which remote access to the software is provided,
a copy of the source code for every piece of AGPLv3 licensed software they
wanted to use.

What I am continually having to re-iterate in this thread is that this only
applies to those who are running modified copies of code which is not
already available online, that a free VCS solution is suitable, and it
you're only required to share the source code with people you've already
opted to allow remote access to your modified version.

So everything is fine until someone wants to modify the software.
But if they do, you say they are no longer allowed to run it without
fullfilling some restrictions. I fail to see how anyone can consider that free.


You want the software to be BSD-Free.

The AGPL is GNU-Free. There's a difference.

GNUs don't like BSD because the software can become unFree.

BSD-ers don't like GNU because the software can't become unFree.

The whole point of the AGPL is keep software GNU-Free and close a loophole where the web allows public use of GPL software but allows a modifier to keep the modifications private.

From what you've said, it sounds like you don't think the GPL is free, because modifying GPL software means you can't run it without fulfilling certain restrictions (namely "you're not allowed to share just the binaries").

Anthony W. Youngman - anthony@thewolery.demon.co.uk

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