Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 9, 2004 4:41 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
In reply to: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Parent article: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
First of all: had you put it a bit more like this in the interview, I probably wouldn't have posted my original remarks at all.
I did talk with the reporter for two solid hours. I don't control which bits get in the article, but conflict makes for an exciting story and those bits are most likely to get in.
I'd also like to mention that I do appreciate your efforts in the promotion of Open Source. ;-)
Without knowing the actual text, I suppose the last bit should read something like: "by allowing more systems to benefit from the subscription than you have paid for". Which would be perfectly legal, of course.
Using more than one attorney, various non-profit and commercial entities have determined that the RH enterprise business model is within the letter but not the spirit of the GPL.
Whereas the Debian solution is a half-hearted attempt to ignore the problem of non-free software by putting it just outside of the main tree where it is still distributed.
I do support splitting non-free off of the Debian organization into its own entity. RH avoids the problem of having to deal with non-free software by not attempting to put everything in one repository. The non-free stuff exists, it's just elsewhere. But that introduces all sorts of dependency hell and we don't want to go there.
Nor does it make any sense (it is in fact misleading) to switch from a description of Fedora to a product that requires "excellent enterprise support".
I think Fedora was intended as "you make the distribution for us, enthusiasts, and we'll let you have the non-certified version for free and keep the certified one for ourselves". It didn't get as much willing outside participation as they wanted, which is right.
As for your plans with Debian (what happened to UserLinux?)
UserLinux is Debian with support and certification added. The stuff that belongs in a non-profit is in Debian. Which is pretty much all development. Support is outside in an organization of commercial providers.
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