Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Mon Jul 21 21:38:14 UTC 2008

On Jul 21, 2008, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:

> Alexandre Oliva wrote:

>>> but it's a one way trip and that copy of such code no longer has its
>>> original license terms.

>> Can you back this up?  All the evidence I've got suggests the exact
>> opposite.

> I thought you had just agreed with this in another posting.

No, I first said it wouldn't make sense for an author to try to
enforce something that is permitted by the license s/he granted.
Then, in another posting, you proposed the idea above and asked for
confirmation, and then I responded explaining why I believe the exact
opposite holds, and that you probably thought what you did because of
your mistaken understanding as to how the GPL works.

> Of course the original copies of works covered by less restrictive
> licenses would remain available

That's not what I'm talking about.  Please re-read the message in
which you thought I agreed with the above, and follow up if you need
clarification on my position.

>>> Some people seem to think the story has changed recently,

>> On both sides :-)  (for such large values of recently as 1995+ :-)

> I generally don't expect the truth to vary from day to day on this
> sort of issue, even for some moderately large number of days.

And yet you get the impression that Linus' statement you cited, from
back in 1995, changed the story in any way.

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