OSD modification regarding what license can require of user

Ian Lance Taylor ian at airs.com
Sat Mar 16 06:00:28 UTC 2002

Russell Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> writes:

> Richard Stallman writes:
>  > It would be wrong to require publication of modified versions
>  > that are used privately, but inviting the public to use a server
>  > is not private use.
> I'm not sure that the GPL-using community is going to agree with you
> on this.  For example, if someone decides to distribute Linux under
> the GPLv3, and someone else runs it on a server, are they bound by the 
> GPLv3 to become a Linux distributor?  I haven't seen it, so I'm just
> speculating.

As I understand it, they would only be required to not remove a
``fetch source here'' button.  So the issue then becomes whether the
hypothetical GPLv3 Linux has a ``fetch source here'' button; I've
never seen a version of Linux with such a button.

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