[IAEP] [SLOBS] [Sugar-devel] GPL non compliance?
dr at jones.dk
Tue Apr 26 13:23:17 EDT 2011
Hi Sugar folks,
[cutting off a few recipients I knwo is subscribed to lists]
On 11-04-26 at 12:57pm, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-04-26 at 10:26 -0400, Martin Langhoff wrote:
> > > useless because children can install absolutely no additional
> > > software packages (they can't do "yum install").
> > Um - again you _can_ install sw in your homedir. Not as practical
> > but possible.
> It would be quite painful for users.
Correct. Due to design of XO hardware, not licensing of Sugar software.
> The GPL (both v2 and v3) requires that users be given the full source
> code in its *preferred* form for making modifications to it. The GPLv3
> additionally requires that users be given the means to install and run
> modified versions. Quoting the license directly:
> “Installation Information” for a User Product means any methods,
> procedures, authorization keys, or other information required to
> install and execute modified versions of a covered work in that User
> Product from a modified version of its Corresponding Source. The
> information must suffice to ensure that the continued functioning of
> the modified object code is in no case prevented or interfered with
> solely because modification has been made.
> My feeling is that, in order to be in compliance, deployments would
> have to provide detailed instructions for installing Sugar in the
> user's home... or simply give them root access.
> Note that Sugar updating its license would simply add yet another
> violation to the existing ones: there are currently between 40 and 60
> packages covered by the GPLv3 in a typical OLPC OS image, and the
> number is going to increase further when we switch to Fedora 14.
...but it is _Sugar_, not the XO hardware, that is GPL licensed.
So how about this "detailed" instruction:
1) Buy a non-locked computer
2) Copy everything over to that other machine
3) Exercise all your rights there
Et voilá, GPLv3 not violated.
* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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