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NewsForge: Ubuntu Open to Aiding Derivative Distributions

Jul 17, 2006, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"Matt Zimmerman has responded to a recent NewsForge article that suggests that the maintainers of derivative distributions are unintentionally violating the requirements of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Ubuntu's technical leader says the project may be able to help.

"The article revealed that many distributions' maintainers were erroneously assuming that they did not need to provide source repositories for packages they did not modify, so long as the original upstream distribution did provide the source code. This responsibility is by no means new, but seems to have been widely overlooked..."

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