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SRO: Corel Linux: Out of the chute with a bang

Sep 21, 1999, 21:16 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Open-source licensing: Who knew it could be so complicated? Definitely not Corel Corp."

"Some open-source and Linux advocates are outraged that Corel's beta Linux distribution agreement violates the GNU Public License in several respects. Corel officially began beta testing its Corel Linux product on Monday."

"The Corel beta agreement reads like most such agreements. And that's the problem."

"For example, it includes such standard clauses as "User may not reproduce and distribute copies of the Products to any other person." And, most damning of all -- from a hard-line free software perspective: "All right, title and interest to all intellectual property with respect to the Products shall remain with Corel and its licensors."

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