[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] [SLOBS] GPL non compliance? was Re: GPL non-compliance, was Re: GPLv3

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Tue Apr 26 16:16:06 EDT 2011

On 11-04-26 at 03:37pm, John Watlington wrote:
> On Apr 26, 2011, at 1:51 PM, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > How is that a violation of GPL license?
> > 
> > I believe they do have full access to all source code - just is not 
> > allowed to execute it (conveniently) on the hardware it resides on.
> Walter is correct that kids in Uruguay should be able to modify Sugar 
> and install additional activities and apps, even though they may not 
> have root access or a developer key.

I fully agree that kids anywhere should be able to modify Sugar.

The issue here, however, is whether or not it is a violation of Sugar 
license if someone restricts kids from modifying Sugar *on* *XOs*.

> > Tivoization - as I understand it - is when the hardware locks the 
> > code in a way so that it can be executed but sources for the 
> > executed code is not available.  That, I believe, is not the case 
> > for GPL-licensed code on the XOs even when the XOs are locked down.
> > 
> > GPL code must be _readable_ - it need not be executable.
> Actually, I believe that GPL v3 "fixed" that oversight.

How, more specifically?

 - Jonas

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