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    SubjectRe: Solaris 2.6 and Linux
    You need only provide source if asked for it, and you need only point to a
    ftp site with the source and offer to send a CD-ROM/floppy if the ftp site
    is not sufficient. A label on the device containing a reference to the
    copyleft and a copy of the license in the manual should satisfy the rest
    of the requirements.


    On Sat, 27 Sep 1997, Jeffrey B. Siegal wrote:

    > 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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