Because Shiny Things Are Fun - The New New Windows v Linux Thread
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Originally Posted by TobiSGD
For the millionth time: Linux is copyrighted !!!
I know, they call it copyleft, but it is basically the same thing. The Linux kernel and the Gnu tools have a license, and you are not free to do anything that you want. You have to follow the license. That you have the right to modify and distribute it doesn't mean that there is no copyright. The licenses are very permissive, but you have to follow them, or the permission to use GPL code will become void.
Yes it is copyrighted/copylefted ? If you read the (yes it is one)EULA it proves the point !
GNU GPL (used by linux kernel) uses very limited version of "freedom" - you can't do anything you want with GPL-licensed code. There are restrictions imposed by GPL license. Combining GPL code with proprietary product is impossible, for example.
Releasing fork without releasing the source is also forbidden.
Originally Posted by silvyus_06
yes,it's a fact: you can modifiy linux and freely distribute it completely legal,
This is not exactly right. You can distribute only as long as you abide by GPL license terms.
Originally Posted by silvyus_06
yes,it's a fact: you can modifiy linux and freely distribute it completely legal, while windows not.
You forgot to mention that you will HAVE to provide the source code, and if you distribute fork as binary, you'll have to upload source somewhere and make sure it'll remain available to public for 3 years. See paragraph 6b here and paragraph 3b here.
GPL is not completely "free" - it imposes limitations. As far as I know, truly free licenses are public domain, BSD, and MIT license, plus probably a few others I forgot about. In this case (BSD/Mit) you can get source and actually do whatever you want with it with nearly zero restrictions. With some of those licenses you'll have to provide copy of original license or mention original product, but compared to GPL it is less trouble.
You forgot to mention that you will HAVE to provide the source code, and if you distribute fork as binary, you'll have to upload source somewhere and make sure it'll remain available to public for 3 years. See paragraph 6b here.
this thread has 47 pages.
i propose , that when we get at 50, make another one and sticky it?
If this was a technical discussion, I would agree. Since it is not, why? It's not like someone is trying to find a fix for some issue and would have to read the whole thread to find the fix. It's just people discussing a topic that has no solution.