Fw: Query about GNU-GPL

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at vrijschrift.org
Mon Mar 28 18:51:47 UTC 2005

At Mon, 28 Mar 2005 18:04:38 +0100,
Niall Douglas wrote:
> When I say fully tested, I mean for example some large company 
> bundling GPL software with their proprietary system. Right now, 
> companies such as MS won't even let a single GPL binary anywhere near 
> their ISO's because of the legal uncertainty which surrounds the GPL -
>  almost certainly, an aggregate of binaries doesn't invoke source 
> disclosure but MS's lawyers will have advised them better safe than 
> sorry. 

The GPL is pretty clear about that. There is no uncertainty.

> And that's a shame, because it's a pain in the ass for 
> millions all over the world to have to go install various numerous 
> addons to new installations of Windows which would be much handier if 
> they came on the install CD (after all, we all don't have broadband 
> internet yet!)

The biggest pain in the ass is windows itself. That has nothing to do
with the GPL.

Jeroen Dekkers

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