Sounds like co-distribution is perfectly legal
Posted Nov 10, 2005 17:12 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Sounds like co-distribution is perfectly legal
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
But aren't you disproving your own point here? Since the GPL expressly allows distributing non-GPL software in the same product, it would seem to allow distribution of GPL software with CDDL libc.
Not really. GPL allows "mere aggregation" of two programs on the same medium regardless of their license if they are not related (relevant part os quoted in previous post).
Furthermore, Sun and other proprietary unices have been distributing GPL gcc with proprietary libc implementations for literally decades without infringing, or at least without infringement suits. Why the sudden storm in a teacup over distribution with free software?
This is other question. Why FSF never sued Apple and/or Sun ? May be they had no money or they were not sure it's a good idea. Who knows. Copyright owner is not forced to sue anyone who violates copyright (that's not trademark).
I agree that all this problem is quite silly and looks like storm in a teacup but this does not make it less real.
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