Re: Asking question
On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 11:38:45AM +0100, Floris Bruynooghe wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 10:37:14AM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 03:40:57PM +0300, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > > ke, 2005-03-30 kello 14:21 +0200, Frédéric PEREIRA kirjoitti:
> > > > Hello,
> > > >
> > > > Currently working in a French public library, and thus for the public
> > > > utility, I would like to place at the disposal of our readers copies of
> > > > your distribution of Linux. Indeed, I estimate that to speak today about
> > > > free became a need, would be to only show people who there is an
> > > > alternative. Then, I ask to you whether this project is legal, and thus
> > > > if I can with complete freedom propose a copy of your distribution to
> > > > our readers.
> > >
> > > The "main" and "contrib" part of Debian are free (libre) software, and
> > > that means you can copy and give away them as much as you want. The
> > > "non-free" part contains some programs that have restrictions that may
> > > be problematic for you.
> > >
> > > http://www.debian.org/intro/free has some more information.
> > Notice though, that you may need to give out also the sources or at least
> > propose them, of the GPLed programs we have there, or provide a written offer
> > to give them later.
> > I am not sure how we handle this in such cases though. Full main/contrib +
> > sources is what, 4-5 DVDs by now ?
> IIRC you only need to provide them when asked for. So a written offer
> will do. Anyone who is intrested enough to want the sources probably
> wants the latest one's anyway and will have other means of getting
I believe the written offer is problematic, since it causes more longterm
bother that it is worth.
> Also it is a library, so you do not _give_ or _sell_ Debian to them,
> only loan it out... In worst case you'd need 1 set of sources for N
> sets of binaries. Is that too bad?
A couple set of sources for a huger number of binaries is ok, altough i was
under the impression that they would give away the CDs in the first place. You
could even burn the sources on CD on demand or whatever.
Its not so bad, it is just something which needs to be thought of, that's all.