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LinuxProgramming.com: Editor's Comment: GPL Pop Quiz

Feb 20, 2001, 19:29 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

I've long contended that for all the discussion in the Linux and open source arenas about the GPL (GNU Public License), a lot of people don't really know what the license does and doesn't say. So why don't we put my theory to the test and have a little fun with a licensing quiz?

Before the zealots flick on their flamethrowers, let me point out that I'm not bashing the FSF, the GPL, open source, motherhood, apple pie, or anyone or anything else. I have long contended that the GPL makes it somewhat difficult to determine exactly which actions are allowed, once you get into the real world and start dealing with the combinatorial explosion of circumstances.

That's why I've done something unusual and intentionally not spoken with anyone in any way associated with the GPL in connection with this quiz. I wanted to take as much of an outsider/average programmer approach to this matter as possible. Also, I'm basing the questions and my interpretations of them on the copy of the GPL currently on the GNU.org web site, here.

(Please note that when I say "may" below I'm using it as shorthand for "may legally", and I'm not asking whether it's physically or technically possible to do the thing in question.)

All questions are true, false, or "I have no idea".

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