binary restrictions?

Karsten M. Self kmself at
Wed Oct 3 02:58:37 UTC 2001

on Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 10:48:26PM -0400, John Cowan (cowan at wrote:
> Karsten M. Self scripsit:
> > It's not clear whether or not condition 1 implies that all
> > modifications and derived works must be freely distributable, 
> The MIT and BSD licenses make no such demand.  GPL != Open Source.
> > > Anyone could redistribute
> > > the "official" source (but *not* modified source).  
> >                          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > This expressly violates condition 3.
> Not.  Licenses that only permit patch distribution can be Open Source.

My read for "modified source" was "as a whole, or additions to same".
It's a restriction on derivative works.  If it's a patch license,
there's a possibility.  My strategic assessment holds:  the policy is
sorely misguided.


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