Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Sat Jul 19 21:37:11 UTC 2008

On Jul 19, 2008, Antonio Olivares <olivares14031 at yahoo.com> wrote:

>>> However, we now now that there are GPL police out there and
>>> enforcing the GPL on people who modify the freely available code
>>> out there, but do not share their modifications :(

>> It's not a GPL violation or copyright infringement to modify
>> software under the GPL.  It's not a GPL violatino or copyright
>> infringement to keep your modifications private to yourself.

> Try telling Zenwalk and Mepis that 

Both Zenwalk and Mepis allegedly *distribute* the code, they didn't
keep it to themselves.  And they allegedly distribute it only as
object code, without complying with the requirements for distributing
object code.  That's what allegedly makes them GPL infringers.

They're not merely modifying the code and refraining from sharing the
modifications.  As I wrote above, making modifications and refraining
from distributing the result is permitted by the GPL.

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
Free Software Evangelist  oliva@{lsd.ic.unicamp.br, gnu.org}
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