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Re: Is AGPLv3 DFSG-free?

On Fri, 29 Aug 2008 23:00:58 +0200
Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> wrote:

> On Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:53:09 +0200 davi.leals@gmail.com wrote:
> > MJ Ray wrote:
> > > Is there a generally-accepted statement from FSF that a free VCS
> > > solution is sufficient, or is this interpretation only valid for
> > > PySol?
> > 
> > It is obvious that providing access to the Corresponding Source
> > from a VCS at no charge would be OK if it is exactly the same
> > software running at production.
> The problem is:
> what happens if the VCS goes off-line for one afternoon
> (or for one night, for a couple of days, for a week, ..., forever)?
> Am I failing to comply with the AfferoGPLv3, unless I immediately shut
> the network application down (until the VCS is back on-line) or I
> immediately provide an alternative means to get the Corresponding
> Source?
Again, the GPL has the same 'problem'.  If you can't give someone the
source, you're in in violation.  Normally that doesn't matter so much
because there are no guarantees on time - it doesn't say 'in five
minutes'.  The test in court would be whether you produced the source
in a 'reasonable' amount of time.

AGPLv3 may or may not be free, but as the discussion goes on I am
finding the arguments against it less credible as they seem to be
invoking 'problems' that are not really problems.

And that's my crabbing done for the day.  Got it out of the way early, 
now I have the rest of the afternoon to sniff fragrant tea-roses or 
strangle cute bunnies or something.   -- Michael Devore
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