LWN.net: Perens' Open Letter to Lindow's Robertson
Apr 15, 2002, 13:00 (29 Talkback[s])
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"I don't think we've met, but you and I are partners. I'm one of
the authors of the 'Lindows' system.
"First, I'd like to thank you for what Lindows.com has done to
support Free Software: helping with the Debian and WINE
conferences, contributing to the KDE League, and code contributions
to WINE and through MP3.com.
"I'm delighted to see you investing in a Linux-based desktop,
and wish you all possible success in promoting it. Certainly you
are welcome to sell copies of my software, and you don't have to
pay me for the privilege. Modify it, use it for any purpose, all of
"But Michael, please remember that we are partners. For all that
you've done for the Free Software community, we've done at least as
much for you. And our partnership has rules that we are both
honor-bound to follow. In the case of my work on Lindows, those
rules are the terms of the GPL. You accepted those terms, and
became my partner, when you chose to incorporate my software into
your product and distribute it to others..."