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[2]: GPL software users
by dylansmrjones on Sat 25th Nov 2006 18:30 UTC in reply to "RE: GPL software users"
dylansmrjones
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2005-10-02


This is the same reason Jörg Schillings cdrecord was thrown out of debian, for violating the GPL: because his GPL work, cdrecord, needs an additional non-GPL package to build, which isnt some essential system library.


Nope, this is factual somewhat incorrect. cdrecord was not removed because it needed a non-GPL package. It was removed because Jörg Schilling changed the license of cdrecord from GPL to CDDL, while other parts of cdrtools stayed under the GPL. This resulted in CDDL-packages to link against GPL-packages - and that is a violation. Having GPL to link against non-GPL is however perfectly legal, unless the non-GPL license state otherwise (depending on copyright laws).

At least, that's what is stated here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdrkit
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cdrtools

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