Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Nov 2006 23:05 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth is trying to entice OpenSUSE developers to join Ubuntu. "Novell's decision to go to great lengths to circumvent the patent framework clearly articulated in the GPL has sent shockwaves through the community. If you are an OpenSUSE developer who is concerned about the long term consequences of this pact, you may be interested in some of the events happening next week as part of the Ubuntu Open Week."
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RE[7]: GPL software users
by nicolasb on Sat 25th Nov 2006 21:32 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: GPL software users"
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"I can do anything with GPL'ed software as long as I don't distribute. On my own system I can link to anything I want to. The GPL kicks in when I distribute the software. The GPL is _not_ an EULA. It is merely a license and not a license _agreement_. "

You, as a user, you have the right to do that.

Ubuntu, as a distributor, don't have the right to link the kernel AND distribute it. We don't care if the "linking is happening on the machine". It's Ubuntu that did the work. It's like putting a bittorrent link to download vista on an Ubuntu setup automagically when it's installed and saying "it's happening on the User machine ! we did nothing. It's not ubuntu developers that download the vista torrent, it's them ! they are downloading it !".

Please, grow up. The world isn't as easy to f--k as you think it is.

"The latter one is perfectly legal in Denmark,"

Please, don't speak about denmark laws. We don't care. It's a very small country. It's not denmark that will decide the future of the linux desktop.
USA, Canada, England, Japan, France, Germany, and perhaps a little spice of China and India.

Denmark law doesn't count shit when we talk about developing software. Software developers will not make something just for this little, small, country, if the software is doing something illegal in the USA, Japan or France.
Come back when you know if this "latter one" is legal in the USA, France or Japan.

Edited 2006-11-25 21:33

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