Red Hat and the GPL
Posted Mar 9, 2011 20:33 UTC (Wed) by vonbrand
In reply to: Red Hat and the GPL
Parent article: Red Hat and the GPL
I'm quite aware that legal and technical worlds are apart. But that doesn't make that to distribute source "in the preferred form for modification" you have to create new artifacts (patches) that arguably aren't that useful for direct modification. Sure, said patches help in reconstructing the history and (via attached comments) the motivation for changes that have been made. But GPL looks forward (build on what you have got) not backwards (go scrounge around in the history of the code) and even less considers creating chimaeras out of applying a random subset of the changes that got the code as it is today. Perhaps that was a mistake in drafting the GPL, take that up with the appropiate people.
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