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Re: possible abuse of debian and GPL

2009/10/27 MJ Ray <mjr@phonecoop.coop>:
> richard newton <rich123409@gmail.com> wrote:
>> The following site appears to be selling a computer with a modified Debian
>> system. I could find nothing on the site about the OS or where I might get
>> the source code.
>> In one of the screenshots I noticed it was using iceweasel  so I assumed it
>> was using Debian.
>> http://thegocomputer.com/index.html
> Thanks for the email.  I'm not sure the debian project can fix that.
> Is there any evidence that they are not giving the source code to
> their customers?  They are not required to publish it to all.  See
> http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLRequireSourcePostedPublic
> If there is evidence, I suggest you contact one of the copyright
> holders (see the About box of a supplied program) and/or the FSF,
> http://www.fsfeurope.org/ftf/ or GPL-Violations.org
> http://gpl-violations.org/faq/violation-faq.html

I went onto their live chat, and asked for a copy of the source code.
They said 'the source code is not open'. I asked if that applied for
customers of the Go Computer as well. They said 'yes'.

Harry Rickards - harry@linux.com
Debian Lenny server | Debian Sid desktop | UNR Karmic netbook
A good programmer is someone who looks both ways before crossing a
one-way street. - Doug Linder
Binary is as easy as 01, 10, 11.

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