Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Sun Jul 20 19:15:14 UTC 2008

On Jul 20, 2008, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:

> If I add some bsd code into a gpl'd work, could I then distribute the
> resulting binary and only the previously gpl'd code?

No, you have to provide the whole with the permissions and the
conditions set forth in the GPL, which the modified BSD license
permits you to do.

> Instead, I believe it becomes encumbered with the gpl restrictions -
> and could not be used otherwise.

When part of the whole, yes.  When took in isolation, it's still under
the modified BSD license, and its headers will say so, and there has
to be a copy of the license distributed along with the code.

>> You seem to not understand the difference between freedom and power,
>> and insist in demanding power when what you deserve and have is
>> freedom.

> No, I understand that restrictions are not freedom.

So, let's see, just because you're prohibited from using software for
stealing money from others' bank accounts, and you could decide to
change any piece of software to do just that, then no software
whatsoever can be free, because it's under a restriction?

Just because you're prohibited from removing the copyright notice and
the license from code under one of the various permissive licenses,
it's not free, because it's under a restriction?

You seem to have a very odd understanding of what freedom is about.
You appear to disregard the fact that one's freedom doesn't invade
someone else's freedom.  If you were the only person in the universe,
and you could change physical laws to suit your wishes, then you might
be able to equate freedom to 'no restrictions'.  Once others enter the
picture, what you claim as freedom, if claimed by the others, would
turn into power usable against you: threats to *your* actual
*freedom*.  I don't think that's an outcome you'd be interested in,
and you wouldn't be so selfish as to wanting that kind of power only
to you, so there's some inconsistency in your stance.

Alexandre Oliva         http://www.lsd.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/
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