Red Hat and the GPL
Posted Mar 9, 2011 21:56 UTC (Wed) by corbet
In reply to: Red Hat and the GPL
Parent article: Red Hat and the GPL
Ah. I must wistfully admit that I wish you'd had a phone conversation or brief email exchange with Mr. Corbet about this, then. It seemed to be an example that was eminent in his mind when he commented in the past week or so.
Well, I did review the article before it was posted... I don't see how the preprocessor discussion changes things here. The GPL requires distributing the source that you modify. Preprocessing it would violate that; shipping your source tree does not.
As a copyright holder in the kernel, I do not agree with or appreciate Red Hat's move in this area. That is a feeling I have communicated on this site and to the people involved in making the decision. It is a step in the wrong direction.
That does not mean that I believe the GPL can be used to force Red Hat to change its mind. As far as I know, nobody has ever challenged tarball distribution of source in all these years. Why would we try to start now?
I am sorry you do not like the stand we have taken. But I still don't believe that this action, obnoxious as it is, can be called a license violation.
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