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

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Tue Apr 26 18:26:30 EDT 2011

On 11-04-26 at 04:28pm, John Watlington wrote:
> On Apr 26, 2011, at 4:16 PM, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > On 11-04-26 at 03:37pm, John Watlington wrote:
> >> 
> >> On Apr 26, 2011, at 1:51 PM, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> >>> 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?
> This is being thrashed to death on other threads that I was ignoring 
> when I replied to this one.  Basically, the "anti-tivoization" clause 
> of GPL v3 prevents use of the code if someone can't install a modified 
> version of the code.  Under GPL v3, it is no longer sufficient to 
> provide source code, you also have to provide a way of running a 
> modified version of that source code on the hardware distributed with 
> the original code.
> As Martin says, GPL v3 moves from requiring that modifications be 
> shared, to telling you what you can and cannot do with the code.

Did Martin really acknowledge that XOs - if considered _transportation_ 
devices for Sugar - would cause GPLv3 to be violated?!?

In that case I stand down and shut up - then I do not understand GPLv3 
well enough to argue about it!

 - Jonas

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