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GPL could have negative effect on Debian derivatives

Warran Woodford of MEPIS comments on the issue that because MEPIS has not previously supplied source code for the packages already available from the distribution it is based on — once Debian, and now Ubuntu — it is in violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL)
Read it here at Newsforge

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“We think it's pretty clear,” says David Turner, GPL compliance engineer at the FSF. “One problem with allowing people to skip out on source code distribution is that there's nothing that requires the upstream distributor to continue to offer source code. If they stop doing so, the source could become totally unavailable. Or, more commonly, the upstream distributor will upgrade the version of the source code available, leaving downstream distributors totally out of sync. In order to fix bugs, users need to get source code exactly corresponding to the binaries they have available.”

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