Matt Zimmerman has responded to a recent NewsForge article that suggests that the maintainers of derivative distributions are unintentionally violating the requirements of the (GPL). Ubuntu's technical leader says the project may be able to help.
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What Zimmerman apparently has in mind is the creation of more sibling distributions. “In Ubuntu,” Zimmerman says, “we fully intend to build and maintain infrastructure to support the efforts of derivative distributions. We will work closely with them and make our infrastructure available for their distribution. There are already examples of this, namely Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu. All of these are distributed from the same software archive as Ubuntu, which means that the responsibilities for distributing source code are shared. This [arrangement] allows derivatives to focus on their specific areas of interest, and not concern themselves with most of the business of building the complete product.”