[Bug 269656] Re: AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
martin at inflection-technologies.com
Wed Sep 17 08:44:09 UTC 2008
Steve Langasek wrote:
"I think the main impact it has is to make this bug log frighteningly
long and hard to find information in, and cause a mail storm for the
poor developers who are tasked with maintaining the firefox packages in
100% agree. We should get out of here and take this somewhere else - there is an established forum thread:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=919444. I suggest everyone picks up and goes there.
But I do think this is an issue that needs thrashing out, and possibly
has wider implications - at least for any 'branded' free software. I
appreciate there are many many smarter folk than me have looked at this,
but as far as I can see, the name 'firefox' part of the code tree that
is published GPL, MPL, LGPL and therefore is free to use. quote GPL:
"You may copy and distribute verbatim copies of the Program's source
code as you receive it"
Which means the build process results in the creation of a binary
'firefox'. Art work aside, how can a menu item labelled 'firefox' be
AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
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