In reply to an open letter by community member “why”, Lycoris founder and CTO, Joseph Cheek admits that they misunderstood the GPL, and promises to have the source for the evaluation edition available soon. Rus also apologized for the lack of an announcement regarding Lycoris’ new policy. Update: Read on for an official response from Lycoris:
I have just posted some news that lets eveyone know that Lycoris is
currently working to create and ISO containing the sources of the
Evaluation Edition of Desktop/LX Update 3. Although the letter of the
GPL does not mandate the availability of the ISO, we believe in the
spirit of the GPL and this community. Since so many folks would like
the source ISO available, we will create one. It is as simple as that.
Thank you for caring enough about the source to demand it’s presence. It means a lot. Honestly, since we get so few downloads of it, we figured it wasn’t a popular item and not worth the extra work to make an Eval
source ISO, which is different than the Full Edition source image. I’m
glad to be wrong. I’m glad Lycrois has large numbers of users that
care passionately about our products.
All my best,
Vice President of Marketing
Desktop/LX: Familiar. Powerful. Fun.