Surely GPL applies ?

By: Paul (no.delete@this.thanks.com), March 26, 2008 5:01 pm
Room: Moderated Discussions
Richard Cownie (tich@pobox.com) on 3/26/08 wrote:
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>How is that possible ? Surely if they modify the GPL'ed linux kernel then the
>GPL mandates that they release the modified source also under GPL ?

Yes and no.

If they make a binary distribution to their customers they have to make an offer of the source to those customers. They do not have to give it to anyone else.

Obviously their customers are then free under the terms of the GPL to redistribute that source or send it back upstream.

The 'normal' mode of putting binaries (or source) up on the internet is not the only way the GPL can operate.
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