Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Sep 2005 19:40 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Zeta "Zeta includes quite a lot of open source software. YellowTAB was able to include software like bash, GCC, VLC, to name just a few, with Zeta and thus profit from the work of many thousands of developers. However, programs do not always work straight away when compiled for Zeta and may require changes to do so. We make the necessary changes and fix bugs to make sure that these programs run smoothly on Zeta. Now it's time to give something back."
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the gpl
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 21st Sep 2005 13:06 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

It's been stated a few times boefe, but I'll repeat: the GPL does *not*, I repeat, does NOT require you to make the source code available in a public ftp.

You only have to distribute the source with "equivelant access" to how you distributed the original copy, and then *only* if someone who legally owns the binary *requests* the source.

It's all relatively easy.

There is, however, some shadiness as to how you must distribute the code. "Equivalent manners", that's easy if you ie. can download the binary; in that case it is mostly normal to also post the src online. However, theoratically, I could tattoo the source code on my ass, take a digital photo of it, and send that photo to whomever requests the source. It would technically be no violation of the gpl.

Might however be a violation of some weird American laws.

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RE: the gpl
by rhavyn on Wed 21st Sep 2005 18:31 in reply to "the gpl"
rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

There is, however, some shadiness as to how you must distribute the code. "Equivalent manners", that's easy if you ie. can download the binary; in that case it is mostly normal to also post the src online. However, theoratically, I could tattoo the source code on my ass, take a digital photo of it, and send that photo to whomever requests the source. It would technically be no violation of the gpl.

That is a blatant violation of the GPL. The GPL requires that the source code be distributed as "machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange." A picture of a tattoo on your ass is most definitely not a medium customarily used for software interchange and is not machine-readable source code.

Now, how come we can't mod down "OSN Staff" when they are continually posting crap like this?

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