OSI enforcement?

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Wed Jan 9 09:30:57 UTC 2008

Rick Moen scripsit:

> Whether you _can_ get what you want from somewhere else for less is
> situation-dependent.  For example, the binary RPM of gcc shipped with
> RHEL5 Update 1 Server Edition is GNU GPL-licensed, right?  Red Hat, Inc.
> will gladly furnish that copylefted file to you for the price of an
> RHEL5 licence including service agreement.  
> You say I "don't have to pay" for that?  OK, please point me to where I
> can get that particular binary RPM for free.

I haven't actually verified this, but I strongly suspect that the
self-same bucket of bits is available at centos.org.

> Interestingly, FSF has sold a rather massive amount of copies of copylefted 
> GNU software over the years, always at pretty hefty prices.

Indeed.  The FSF's GNU distro, which provides sources and binaries
plus all the FSF's printed manuals, weighs in at a hefty US$5000,
and you have to supply the kernel yourself!

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