Rchard Stallman vs Darl McBride

Aaron Toponce aaron.toponce at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 07:49:59 MDT 2010


On 07/21/2010 12:09 AM, Levi Pearson wrote:
> I'm not sure why you're surprised, as it doesn't really seem relevant.
>  Individual packages within Ubuntu may be GPL-licensed, but the whole
> distribution doesn't have an overarching license agreement, and I
> don't think the GPL would work for that either.  If they made changes
> to specific packages that were GPL-licensed and didn't distribute
> them, that would illustrate a point, but I don't think it's a point
> that anyone was confused about.

You draw a good point, and while merely an assumption, I think it would
be safe to say that Google is making changes to GPL-licensed code, as
well as other licensed code. It's heavily speculated that GWS is just a
modified version of Apache.

The fact that they won't release Goobuntu (or any other custom-built
Google appliance), seems to be that they are probably changing GPL, and
other licensed cod to fit their own internal needs. Aside from the fact
that making these releases, likely doesn't fit into their business model
anyway. With that said, according to Mark Shuttleworth, they are
submitting patches upstream to Ubuntu, Apache, and others, thus the
avoiding doing any evil.

Anyway, this is all speculation, as I don't work there, and there seems
to be very little on the subject across the web. So, I'll concede.

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