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Wired: Corel's Linux Open to Question

Sep 22, 1999, 15:41 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

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"Corel took a baby step toward creating a consumer version of Linux on Tuesday by releasing a beta of Corel Linux to a limited group of developers. The move was met by instant protest from open source advocates opposed to its licensing restrictions..."

"Developers may also have misunderstood some of the language in the agreement, O'Brien said. The clause in question was designed to prevent the distribution of Corel's proprietary code, which had been added to the already available Linux code."

"These portions are new -- we're not sure how they're going to run, and wanted to release it to a few testers first," O'Brien said."

"Perens allowed there may have been room for interpretation."

"The question is, did they 'distribute' the software," he said. "The GPL doesn't talk about beta testing, it talks about distribution. If the company was releasing Corel Linux to a few of its own employees, it could make the point that it was an internal test."

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