Restriction on distribution by Novell?

David Woolley david at
Tue Sep 26 20:39:28 UTC 2006

> I don't think however that Novell must provide the sources (including
* sources modified by Novell to create the updates) to those who have not
* licenced the software directly from them, but Novell cannot limit their
* redistribution by their licensees.

The GPL encourages commercial distributors to distribute source at
the same time as the binary, by making that completely fulfill their
source distribution requirements.  If they don't provide source at
the same time, they then become liable, for several years, to supply
it to anyone who has obtained the binaries, at no more than the
cost of creating and shipping the media.

Note.  They only need to provide the source that matches the binary, 
not the latest source.

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