[Freedom-misc] Excellent interview with Hyperbola co-founder on why they are making a libre BSD kernel, and other stuff

jason at bluehome.net jason at bluehome.net
Sat Mar 7 19:01:31 CET 2020


"Even if Linux was renamed RustyLiux (maybe after asking permission to the  
Rust team) and would adopt the same trademark policy as Rust, it would still  
be under the GNU GPL and any developer could distribute a patched version  
under another name. Exactly as Trisquel does with Firefox that becomes  
Abrowser."

Distributing a modified version is using freedom #3. There's no dispute that  
freedom #3 still exists so that's not the point. The matter is over freedom  
#2; the making of *exact* copies (literally invoking cp or scp or rsync or  
whatever to give someone an exact byte-identical copy.) Not being permitted  
to do that commercially conflicts with freedom #2. To quote: "Freedom to  
distribute (freedoms 2 and 3) means you are free to redistribute copies,  
either with or without modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for  
distribution, to anyone anywhere. Being free to do these things means (among  
other things) that you do not have to ask or pay for permission to do so."

And currently you're not allowed to redistribute copies without modification  
when charging a fee; so only part of that criteria are met.


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