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Re: bundling software with TSVN?

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 15:45:28 +0100

Alexander Klenin wrote:

> Well, if MSI is threated as an executable file, then according to

msi is actually a database.

> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#MereAggregation
> 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 ;-)

Just think of what the GPL tries to do: prevent companies from using the
work of others to make money. It does not try to prevent those who write
the code to make money.
(If you have trouble understanding something, always go back to the


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