[CentOS] FYI: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Release Candidate Available to Partners

Jerry Franz jfranz at freerun.com
Tue Oct 19 07:41:39 EDT 2010


  On 10/19/2010 04:10 AM, Nicolas Thierry-Mieg wrote:
> Benjamin Franz wrote:
>>
>>> Yes, to partners :)
>> I'm pretty sure Deyan is referring to their GPL obligations to make the
>> source code available for most of it.
> GPL doesn't say you have to distribute source code to the whole world,
> only to people you distribute the binaries to (ie the partners here).

Clauses 2b and 3b of GPLv2 would appear to say otherwise.*

2b)* You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in 
whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part 
thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties 
under the terms of this License.

*3b)* Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, 
to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of 
physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable 
copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms 
of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software 
interchange;

"any third party" and "all third parties" not "the third party". It is a 
subtle but important distinction. It means you can't be *selective* 
about who gets it as I read it. Everyone or no one are your options.

-- 
Benjamin Franz
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