GPL not a EULA?

Alexander Belchenko bialix at
Wed Oct 11 09:48:48 BST 2006

John Arbash Meinel пишет:
> Ben Finney wrote:
>> Lachlan Patrick <loki at> writes:
>>> Ben Finney wrote:
>>>> Lachlan Patrick <loki at> writes:
>>>>> Just installing BZR on Windows. The installer says "You must
>>>>> accept the terms of this agreement [the GPL] before
>>>>> continuing..."
>>>> The installer is wrong, or the license of the code is not
>>>> GPL. There is no requirement to "accept" the GPL to use a work
>>>> licensed under it.
>>> Well, it probably doesn't do too much harm.
>> It appears to make a demand that is beyond what the GPL requires;
>> presumably if the user doesn't "accept" the dialogue box, the
>> installer exits. That comes dangerously close to a breach of the GPL:
>> imposing additional restrictions on the recipient to exercise their
>> rights.
>>>> I would guess that you should ask the people who made the
>>>> installer to take out that step.
>>> They don't read this list?

"They" read this list, of course.
I'm the author of the windows installer.

>> I've no idea who makes the Windows installer for bzr. Perhaps others
>> on this list do know.
> Alexander Belchenko (bialix) is the one who has put together the
> installer. It sounds like we just need to change that specific page of
> the installer.
> Most installers I've seen do indicate that the source is under the GPL,
> but I haven't used the installer directly to be sure of what it is
> requesting.

Before turningv on License page in the installer I ask Martin Pool for
this and he was positive. I think I saw at least one open source program
that have analogical license page in their installers -- it's OpenOffice

Removing this license page from installer is very easy, below is diff:

=== modified file 'tools/win32/bzr.iss.cog'
--- tools/win32/bzr.iss.cog	2006-07-30 16:43:12 +0000
+++ tools/win32/bzr.iss.cog	2006-10-11 07:04:10 +0000
@@ -33,7 +33,6 @@


  VersionInfoCompany="Canonical Ltd."
  VersionInfoCopyright="Canonical Ltd., 2005-2006"

I just want to get usual +2 on this change.


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