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Re: xsane click-through license??

On Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 08:19:53PM -0500, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 05:10:19PM -0800, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > heh, lets see if I can start a good flame-fest here. 
> > 
> > I just installed xsane on one of my machines which was recently
> > liberated :) and upon initial start-up... Its got a click through EULA
> > style window talking about the GPL and no warranty etc. Wah?! It is my
> > understanding that the GPL does no work in this context (and the GPL
> > was only mentioned, not displayed). But the other stuff was very much
> > like an EULA. unfortunately, I didn't think to take a screen shot and
> > don't want to go through purgeing it at the moment... 
> > 
> > anyone else seen this? is this the future of free software? I must
> > accept some parameters before i can use it? that's not free...
> > 
> > A
> I'm not sure about xsane.  However, I know that many applications do
> this, unfortunately.  It confuses users who are not savvy about license
> issues.  For instance, PDFCreator, OpenOffice and a number of other high
> profile apps (Firefox as well, IIRC) all do this.  You are right,
> though, in that the GPL only applies to redistribution and not to use.
> The GPL has zero to say about how/when/what/where an application is used
> until it comes to redistribution.

this is surely the first time I've seen it on a linux system, which
doesn't really mean anything, I suppose. I might have seen it on free
software on windows, but I consider that marketing ;)


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