[Ilugc] Need Help : Advocacy - Free / OSS as corporate policy
- From: karra@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Sriram Karra)
- Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 18:54:29 +0530
BGanesh <bga@xxxxxxxx> writes:
Can anyone offer advice / help, or point me to any advocacy sites
that would be useful.
I am sure you will not find any shortage of material with regards to
the merits of Free Software. So let me just remind you about a lesser
known (or atleast less vigorously debated) point about to Free
Software licenses, specifically the GPL.
When talking to management you can emphasise the following point: just
because you license a software under the GPL, it does not mean you
have to distribute the software to all and sundry. You only need to
make sure the entity receiving the binaries has access to the source
(to put it crudely). And if the receiving entity has no interest in
further distributing the code, your program is as good as closed
source -- and you *are* writing "Free Software".
Consider the deals Red Hat has with Sony and others. Red Hat signs an
NDA with Sony promising not to divulge Sony's IP. Red Hat goes on to
use that Sony IP to make modifications to GPLed software (say GCC) and
gives it to Sony as GPLed soft. Sony is happy and keeps the source to
itself... and so is Red Hat.
All this may not be in the true spirit of Free Software, but the suits
might just feel a little re-assured; and the letter of the GPL is not
violated. So there!
All's well that ends.
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