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Thu Sep 27 22:11:45 UTC 2001
On Thursday 27 September 2001 21:53, you wrote:
> Imran Ghory a écrit :
> > Microsoft's copy of the GPL:
> > ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/developr/interix/gpl.txt
> Why is the GPL distributed by Microsoft ?
IIRC, Mircrosoft bought a company called Interix (as in the URL) a while ago
(a few years), which included a lot of GPL software in a product they
distributed, which is basically a UNIX-> NT migration kit.
Following on from Eben Moglen's article in this month's Linux User (UK), I
think it shows the strength of the GPL: if MS were able to get around it, I'm
sure they would have by now. Instead, they're complying with it, and making
sure that their source is Free - those that say the GPL is on unsound legal
ground probably need to argue that with MS's lawyers ;) If Microsoft will
comply with it, I think it's on pretty steady ground...
Anyway, the problem is not why MS are distributing Free software compliant
with the GPL: it's how we cut this cancer out from our favourite proprietry
software provider ;)
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