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2Aug/06Off

If You’re Going To Sell Things Understand The Fucking Licensing…

I have not been digging the response to Mepis is dealing with GPL compliance and most of the response that I've seen (albeit from users not developers who would likely advocate the implementation of Soylent Green if it was, you know, convenient) has been pretty fucking annoying.

I'm sure that if I was all hung up on this particular variant of the Debian-base distribution I might be equally supportive against all common sense since there are so few distributions based on Debian and after the complete and utter failure of both Knoppix or Ubuntu to pique the public interest who could blame them.

The difference between people who simply use GPL'd software and those who distribute it is a pretty fundamental difference in licensing terms. If you are repackaging (and that really is not the right term in this instance but bear with me) and then selling that repackaged distribution you might want to consider actually reading and understanding the terms of the license that the software falls under. If the license in question were some EULA laden with legalese and intended to keep you from actually owning or being able to modify the software I might be more sympathetic but I'm not. Follow the license or don't use the stuff. Hell, I'm sure the Mepis crew could probably replace gcc in a couple hours, right?

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