Debian and Nexenta collide
Posted Nov 9, 2005 18:39 UTC (Wed) by kirkengaard
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
Once they fully comply with the GPL, it will be a contribution to the free software world. And it will be compliant with the copyrights involved in GNU software. But for the community to serve notice to violators of its copyrights demanding that they comply with the licensing terms of the software used is not only right, but mandatory. The notice of violation is due diligence in maintaining copyright; the offer of help in achieving compliance is optional.
Issuing binary-only software from GPL sources in no way constitutes a free software contribution. It constitutes a breach of the duty of care on the part of the developers of Nexenta.
As long as they continue to remedy the lack of wisdom that caused them to start out in violation of the GPL, their work will become a free software contribution. I suspect that the reason that few people are complaining about the CDDL side is that this was not a Debian effort to integrate the Solaris kernel.
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