[ILUG] Novell A Linux Leader? GPL 3 and
colm at stdlib.net
Tue Feb 7 15:05:34 GMT 2006
On Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 02:54:43PM +0000, Paul Jakma wrote:
> >For example when Tivo distribute GPL software, I get their modified
> >source - and I can go use those modifications on any other piece of
> >hardware I can make it work. That their specific piece of hardware
> >won't run it is a different problem, and it has nothing to do with
> >the GPL.
> According to the GPLv3 draft it would do.
> If you sell some embedded appliance and you make use of GPLv3
> software to build that appliance, then damn straight it's got
> *everything* to do with the GPL (as the current draft stands).
And that's the problem; it's no longer simply a software license.
> Your "go buy some other hardware" argument is bogus too. I bought the
> hardware, it has GPL software on it - I'm supposed to be able to
> modify it. I shouldn't have to buy new hardware to be able to
> exercise my rights.
Why not? What if I distribute some GPL software on a hard-wired ROM?
You decide whether or not to buy modifiable hardware when you buy it.
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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