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    SubjectRe: Solaris 2.6 and Linux
         At least for Linux/MIPS a significant fraction of the people
    interested
    in using it for new hardware want Linux for their embedded
    systems of
    various types. For the embedded market the price/performance
    ratio is
    very important and that's exactly the point where nothing can
    outperform
    Free Software.

    FSF-style Free Software (Linux included) carries an unacceptable cost
    for most embedded systems: the need to distribute source. No one wants
    to distribute source code for the embedded control system for every
    device they manufacture and distribute (think microwave ovens, cars,
    elevators, VCRs, etc.).

    Its not that its a secret, its just that its a pain in the ass.

    I discussed making an exception for this case with RMS several years
    ago, and although he didn't object to it philosophically, no one was
    willing to invest the necessary effort to properly draft the appropriate
    language for the GPL.




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