[wellylug] Linux as selling point.
don at dis.org.nz
Mon Aug 8 19:23:12 NZST 2005
On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 19:16:41 +1200, David Murray <newslists at electronincantation.net.nz> wrote:
> I can understand it being a violation if the binaries were able to be
> taken off the gadget and used elsewhere. But if the binaries are an
> internal part of the gadget that is not accessible by the owner of the
> gadget (much like certain ROM in microwaves are inaccessible by the
> owners of said microwaves, then how does that constitute publishing a
> binary distribution of Linux for people to use?
It's still being distributed. Even if you don't have the equipment to
extract it. By your argument, I could put a kernel binary on a CD, and
encase it in concrete, and then not have to give you the source.
> I mean, to my thinking it would be different if they were attempting to
> sell a modified distro of Linux. But they're selling a gadget that just
> happens to be driven by Linux.
Some people like modifying their gadgets. If you don't want to provide
source for the GPLed stuff you use, don't use GPLed stuff.
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