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SubjectRe: freebox possible GPL violation
On Thu, 6 Oct 2005, Helge Hafting wrote:

> If the box downloads a linux kernel through the DSLAM network, then
> someone is clearly distributing linux kernels through the DSLAM network.
> I would guess it is the same guys, because relying on someone else providing
> them with kernels is a risky business. But whoever is on the other end
> of the DSLAM net have to offer the source as well, because they _are_
> distributing kernels.
>
> The fact that the user isn't supposed to know how this box work
> doesn't change anything, of course. The GPL says those who
> distribute the work - it doesn't matter that they don't tell the
> customer that they're given a linux kernel. They still have to offer
> the source if asked.

the argument that they are making is that they are only moveing the kernel
within their own companies equipment, and therefor it doesn't count as
'distribution'

agree with this argument or not, but please acknowledge this point of view
rather then pretending that they have no argument at all and are just
plain refusing.

David Lang

--
There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
-- C.A.R. Hoare
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