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Re: Source ISOs

On Fri, Jul 30, 2004 at 04:01:35PM +0800, John Summerfield wrote:
> Sven Hoexter wrote:
> >On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 at 04:10:06PM +0200, Lucio Crusca wrote:
> > 
> >
> >>Hello everybody.
> >>
> >>I'm a Debian CD vendor and a customer asked me the source distribution 
> >>(woody). However I and my customer both don't know how one can install 
> >>those CDs, and I'd like to know what exactly a source distribution is 
> >>before selling one.
> >>   
> >>
> >Source CDs contain the source packages of the binary packages distributed 
> >on
> Where exactly are they?
Aehm depends on what's on your binary CDs ... the source packages for the
offical Debian packages can be found on a mirror close to you.
Iso images with the source packages for woody should be avaible in the same
place you can grab the binary image.

> >the binary CDs. In short it's the source code of the software. I advice you
> >to read through the GPL and other licences cause some force you to 
> >distribute
> >the source code along with the binary stuff. Ah and talking about the GPL
> > 
> I'm not sure that's quite true.The GPL for one, requires you to provide 
> source _on request._ I don't think it requires anyone to provide source 
> to someone they did not provide binaries though,
Ok as I read it it's an or. You've the choice between a written offer (3b)
or simply include them anyway (3a)
> >afaik you've to archiv the source code for the stuff you distribute in 
> >binary
> >for 5 years.
> I'm not sure that's true either, though I if it is I'd appreciate the 
> pointer. I think it's acceptable to give the client the choice at the 
> time of purchase of the original  binaries.
Well it's only for 3 years and not for 5 years. Sorry my fault.

> There are reasons which may be beyond one's control that one cannot 
> offer the source code at some time on the future.
Well you should take care to not get in such a situation. I mastered the
Debian/woody image for the LinuxTag 2003 and we made 3 copys of the source
CDs and gave them to 3 different people so that there is a good chance that
everything is still avaible in 3 years.
Anyway this is a problem for lawyers. I just wanted to point out that there
are clauses about this topic in the GPL. 


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