Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@×××.net>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Re: GPL and Source code providing
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 21:21:35
Message-Id: e843uv$uho$1@sea.gmane.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] GPL and Source code providing by Chris Gianelloni
Chris Gianelloni <wolf31o2@g.o> posted
1151529396.2774.25.camel@×××××××××××××××××.net, excerpted below, on  Wed,
28 Jun 2006 17:16:35 -0400:

> After all, we're still "shipping" 1.2 ISO images under /historical, and I > can guarantee you that the source code for all of this stuff isn't > available from us. > > We will need to work on compliance ourselves with this, before the FSF > comes knocking on our door.
Good point. Do note, however, that Gentoo is in better shape here than most, since only the actual binaries on the CD are at issue. That's far less source to worry about than most distributions, with /everything/ as binary, must worry about. We /do/ need to worry about the packages CDs, however. That's a lot of source to manage there, and I'd say much more likely to be at risk than the mostly fairly core (and therefore likely still widely available sources, tho we /will/ need to ensure we make the sources available ourselves) stuff on the LiveCD itself. For that reason, I'd suggest ceasing to distribute the packages CD ISOs 30 days after the next release is available, thereby limiting at least the general source requirements of the packages CD to a narrower timeslot, even if the far more limited source requirements of the LiveCD are allowed to continue somewhat longer, I'd suggest 30 days after the /second/ release. As for the sources themselves, the mirrors should hopefully have the current versions, at least. Whether we keep previous LiveCD (and packages CD if we continue to distribute it) sources on-mirror or on an archive repository setup for the purpose could be debated, tho I'd suggest the archive repository, so the mirrors don't have to carry it. -- Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs. "Every nonfree program has a lord, a master -- and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman -- gentoo-dev@g.o mailing list