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Sydney Morning Herald: Red Hat Violating GPL, Says Tech Evangelist

Jun 19, 2003, 14:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"Tech evangelist David McNett has written to the Free Software Foundation claiming that certain portions of the end user license agreement (EULA) that accompany the Red Hat Advanced Server version of GNU/Linux 'would appear to be at odds with the also included GNU General Public License...'

"In his letter, he quoted the following from the EULA for Red Hat Advanced Server: 'Red Hat Linux is a modular operating system made up of hundreds of individual software components, each of which was individually written and copyrighted. Each component has its own applicable EULA. The EULAs are located in the source code provided with the product. Throughout this document the components are referred to, individually and collectively, as the 'Linux Programs.' Most of the Linux Programs are licensed pursuant to a Linux EULA that permits you to copy, modify, and redistribute the software, in both source code and binary code forms. Red Hat Linux itself is a collective work under U.S. Copyright Law. Red Hat grants you a license in this collective work pursuant to the GNU General Public License...'"

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