Moglen can safely say anything ONLY about FSF's stuff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 10:10 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: wanted: Debian/Solaris
Parent article: LCA: The state of Debian
...and I'd like to see the actual phrase used. Because it all boils down to the "special exception": "the source code distributed need not include anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component itself accompanies the executable". It can be argued the "component itself" does not "accompanies the executable" since it's not library but the whole OS, but it's slippery slope.
If we can use Solaris libc then why not Microsoft's closed source one ? And if Microsoft will add a lot of proprietary extensions for Firefox and OpenOffice.org and bundle it all in Microsoft's libc - it all will be legal too ? It's very dangerous direction to be dragged into and all cited samples don't have this problem: they all are separate addons - either they are not distributed with OS at all (Fink or BlastWare) or they can be separated (sunfreeware can be thrown away OpenSolaris will continue to work) - not the case of Nexenta.
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