Source Distribution and the GNU GPL (NewsForge)
Posted Jul 17, 2006 21:23 UTC (Mon) by vondo
Parent article: Source Distribution and the GNU GPL (NewsForge)
The main thing that may change, as I understand it, is allowing source distribution via the network even if you can only get the binary as part of an embedded product (think routers) or on CDs. This sounds reasonable. What did not sound reasonable was his suggestion at the beginning of the article that all binary CDs also come with source CDs by default.
For a single program, they probably both fit on a single CD and there is no issue. For a linux distro, it may take 5 CDs and the sources may take another 8. That's waste I don't need or want. Already when I install a new OS I set up yum/urmpi/apt to use network sources for later package additions rather than the CDs. So I have 5 CDs I keep around or throw away. I don't want another 5 for sources I will *never* look at.
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