Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at 1407.org
Wed Jul 23 09:31:18 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 12:46:53AM -0700, Gordon Messmer wrote:
>> Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> In accepting it's terms you give up your freedom to distribute any part 
>> of the work under different terms, including any of your own that you 
>> might want to add.
> Since you never had any such freedom under copyright law, you aren't  
> giving anything up.

Just because it's legal it doesn't mean it's fair.

For several years having slaves was legal, and yet it was still unfair
for all those people enslaved.

You don't have that freedom under copyright law, but it is fair that you
do have it. The GNU GPL (through the Copyleft concept) uses Copyright to
grant you back that freedom, albeit in a way that forbids you to remove
that freedom at a later stage, which is good and fair.


You are what you see.
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