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Re: bundling software with TSVN?

From: Alexander Klenin <klenin_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 00:42:20 +1000

On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 12:21 AM, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > Well, you (or more generally the "TortoiseSVN Project")
> > will be distributing some product (TSVN+toolbar) in the binary form.
> > This product will be, obviously, derived from GPL software (TSVN)
> Please have a look in your dictionary about the term "derived".
> Bundling something is not the same as deriving. We don't even *link*
> (neither statically nor dynamically) link to it, nor does the toolbar to

Well, if MSI is threated as an executable file, then according to
it will be derived work.
But you might say that MSI is just a fancy archiver...
Or do you plan to distribute toolbar as a separate download?

Ok, forget the "derived" part and let me re-state my argument this way:
1) You will distribute a package called "TortoiseSVN-1.x.x-32.msi"
2) This package will be a binary distribution and should either
  a) be accompanied by source code, or
  b) NOT be under the GPL.

It is quite possible that my understanding of English and/or GPL is flawed.
So you might prefer to ask FSF instead of wasting your time
on my silly arguments ;-)

Alexander S. Klenin
Insight Experts Ltd.
Received on 2008-03-11 15:42:31 CET

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