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NewsForge: FSF asks Lindows, "Where's the source?"

Apr 12, 2002, 13:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Bradley Kuhn, vice president of the Free Software Foundation, says the organization is contacting LindowsOS representatives because the company has not included source code with its 'sneak preview' releases. Lindows CEO Michael Robertson says his company will comply with the GPL when the product is released to the public.

"Kuhn says a Lindows insider tipped the FSF off to the possibility of missing source code. Lindows insiders are those who have registered and paid a $99 fee to receive beta releases of LindowsOS and other non-public information. LindowsOS is a distribution based on the Linux kernel, which is licensed under the GNU General Public License. The GPL states, in part, that the program instructions in their original form as written by the programmer (source code) must be available to users of the program. The GPL also requires that users be allowed to copy, modify and redistribute the program freely, but they must in turn provide the source code.

"Robertson does not deny that the source code for LindowsOS isn't included in either of the two beta releases. 'It's a work in progress. We're hopeful our first release will happen around the middle of the year. When we release an official version, all the GPL pieces will be properly distributed...'"

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