Reasoning behind the "preferred form" language in the GPL
Posted Mar 8, 2011 15:19 UTC (Tue) by vonbrand
In reply to: Reasoning behind the "preferred form" language in the GPL
Parent article: Commitment to Open (Red Hat News)
If a bunch of #included oneliners is the preferred source form for you, you are wellcome to distribute that way. But you'll have to be able to prove the above when challenged...
Note that GPL asks for you to distribute full source, and mark any changes you did. If you distribute original source and patches, you are complying with GPL with respect to the original source. As you don't distribute any patched stuff, that is all you need to do. GPL allows to patch the original (via your patches or by hand), so anyone who gets the package from you is in the clear too.
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