Keep in mind that it is night time in Ottawa, and the lawyers are allQuote:>Just what we needed:
>John Goerzen writes "Corel today began FAXing out beta test agreements
>for its Linux distribution.
>However, these agreements violate GPL in many points by distributing
>software under terms that the GPL prohibits."
>I hope this isn't a trend with commercial companies entering into OSS
snuggled in their beds.
Secondary indications are that Corel has been contacted by some of the
authors of software that may have been "offended" by the license. It
may take a few hours or possibly a couple of days for proper responses
It seems most likely that the "beta test agreement" was written up by
lawyers that may not have read the licenses attached to the software
that makes up most of the distribution. This of course does suggest
some questions of competency, which doubtless represents a matter that
will cause consternation tomorrow in Michael Cowpland's office as some
people are called in to see about "damage control."
Give them a chance to respond, thereby giving the opportunity to remedy
their ways, rather than starting out by a proposal to boil in oil.
It is amply evident that the reactions already seen on the matter will
provide lots of grist for journalists who would like to call the Linux
community a bunch of "angry, paranoid hackers" that should be ignored
The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have
his head knocked off.
-- Bill Conrad