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Re: RE : Re: Linux Magazin Germany, affecting Debian's image?!

Wouter Verhelst <wouter@grep.be> writes:

> On Tue, Jul 18, 2006 at 04:31:00PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> On the other hand the GPL, and most packages will be GPLed, requires
>> that source be available in one of three ways:
>> 3a) include source
>> 3b) accompany it with a written offer good for 3 years
>> 3c) pass through an offer received from upstream
>> Since Debian gives no written offer for their packages but does 3a the
>> option 3c can not be used for anyone building their own debian dvds.
> Correct.
>> So if one does a custom dvd release of debian one must include source
>> or make and keep it available for 3 years. By that reasoning anyone
>> distributing only binary images is in breach of the GPL.
> Err, no.
> If you distribute binary images with a magazine and have something in
> that magazine saying "if you want the source write to <address> with a
> photocopy of this specific text", everything is okay.

Err, yes.

That one sentence makes all the difference. It means you do distribute
source (on request but still) and then you are stuck with it for 3

It is not ok to distribute binary images and say: You want source? Ask
Debian for it. That is what I ment with distributing only binary
images. Debian does not give a written offer under 3b to be passed on
by distributers under 3c.


PS: Is it true that Ubuntu things about supplying a 3 year offer for
source under 3b so derivates of ubuntu can go sourcelss?

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