Restriction on distribution by Novell?

Ben Tilly btilly at
Tue Sep 26 23:53:26 UTC 2006

On 9/26/06, Justin Clift <justin at> wrote:
> Ben Tilly wrote:
> <snip>
> > You will find that Novell has 3
> > options when it comes to providing source.  They cannot use 3 c
> > because they are doing a commercial distribution.  They have not done
> > 3 a (ship source with the binary).
> If it's any help, I'm pretty sure the program used to download updates
> (Yast Online Update or similar name) has the option to download the
> source at the same time as the binary updates.

Under option 6 d of the current GPL v3 draft, that would suffice to
meet their source requirements.  However it does not meet their
requirements for the GPL v2.  People who manage to download the binary
and don't get the source at the same time have the right to get source

I suspect that the additional annoyance was an oversight in the GPL
v2, which is why it is fixed in the GPL v3.


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