Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 22 18:59:18 UTC 2008


> > Not all the modules are GPL, there is one GNU/Grub.  I
> use the source and build it according to rules of creating
> modules for Slax.  Is there any chance I can get sued
> because I created those modules?  
> > 
> > Am I violating any GPL rules when I posted those
> modules on the Slax website?  The sources are freely
> available, the build scripts is contained within each
> module, does that satisfy the GPL?  
> 
> If you distribute binaries, the GPL requires you to
> distribute sources 
> of any covered work to anyone who gets them or provide them
> with a 
> written offer to supply the source at a reasonable cost of
> copying any 
> time for the following 3 years.  For on-line distributions,
> making the 
> source available for download is normally considered
> sufficient.
> 
> -- 


If a person releases some code like that, he has to supply the source at a resonable cost of copying any time for the following 3 years?

What if the person dies?
Then the software that person has released is not fully GPL because that person will not be able to comply with that part of the GPL.  He/She has passed away and cannot release the source much less asked to release it, unless there is divine intervention from heaven which may or may not happen!

This can happen to a company as well, if a company comes up and releases a Linux distro/GNU/Linux distro and they release several iso's and not post the src code, the original sources + the modified versions(their own modified versions).  Then the company has troubles and it goes belly up, that is goes bankrupt/shuts down/violates some Federal law or other major disaster.  How does the GPL make sure that those guys comply with the GPL?

Regards,

Antonio 


      




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