[Bug 269656] Re: AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP

Martin Peacock 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
Ubuntu."

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
restricted?

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AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
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