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Will Canonical force Linux Mint to license Ubuntu binary packages?

I must admit that this story flew beneath my radar until I bumped into it in the DistroWatch Weekly article. I find the possibility of this quite chilling. Canonical has already generated a lot of ill will with Unity and search tracking, among other things.

The article is being quite kind when it calls the possibility of licensing “short-sighted.” I think it will anger many Linux users and developers.