Linked by Tony Steidler-Dennison on Thu 10th Jul 2008 11:44 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu If you walk into a BestBuy this week you may spot some new software peeking out from the shelves. Yes, Ubuntu is now available as a spiffy boxed set in stores and on-line.
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by -oblio- on Thu 10th Jul 2008 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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2008-05-27

Yes, because it's not freeware with an EULA. It's GPL (which, by definition, is the "anti EULA" ;) )

You can download Gimp, put it on your website and sell it. No one can sue you. It's immoral if you don't help the developers, but it's perfectly legal.

Edited 2008-07-10 15:03 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Ringheims Auto on Fri 11th Jul 2008 09:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-07-23

The GPL is indeed an EULA, it's just quite permissive, but you can also get sued if you break it (fx. don't provide the source code).

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RE[4]: Comment by Kroc
by -oblio- on Fri 11th Jul 2008 13:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
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2008-05-27

Any license can be considered an EULA (end user license agreement). After all, if you use the software, you are an end user. The point is that most EULAs regard the user as a software consumer, aka typical desktop user.

GPL and Open Source licenses are directed more towards developers, contributors and distributors of software. All of which are more than just "mere" end users.

And you can get sued for breaking any license.

The point is that you can sell Open Source programs, even if you did not code them (for example Ubuntu wrote probably less than 0.00001% of the OS). Without breaking the license (you just have to put a zip/tar.gz on your website containing the sources).

Edited 2008-07-11 13:13 UTC

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