RE: [mu] Mainstreamed??

From: Franz (
Date: Fri Sep 17 1999 - 19:50:11 CEST

I understood that muLinux (incl. scripts) is published under the GNU General Public License.
If this is wrong, please, please correct me!

GNU GPL makes software free, as in freedom to use, distribute, modify, etc. It does _NOT_
guarantee that software is free as in free beer! As long as the seller makes available the source
code of any binaries, he/she is free to sell it at any price desired.

Why anyone would pay $10 for just a floppy, I am not sure...I guess it's not expensive if you
don't have internet access or a friend with a copy of it. I can sell a copy of the Linux kernel
for $1000 if I want to (if interested, please mail me!). But Linux kernel is also guaranteed
available freely to those who'd rather get it that way.

From originator of GNU and GPL:


On Fri, Sep 17, 1999 at 02:51:06PM +0000, Michele Andreoli wrote:
>> I can't trust in my eyes, you are right: someone in Amazon sell muLinux
>> at 10$ for diskette!
>> >From my copyright.txt:
>> *************************************************************************
>> This is free software: spread it if you want, but keep the package
>> complete and unmodified. Do not use any code from this package without
>> mentioning the source in your docs and advertisement. Do not use any of
>> this code in Commercial Software/Commercial Packages, without permission.
>> *************************************************************************
>> What you think? This is an international agreement violation, is'nt true?
>> Michele
>This guy is certainly breaking your copyright. I'd drop him a 'cease-and-desist'
>email right away. He may claim, however, that he's charging the fees
>entirely for shipping and configuration, and giving the software away.
>I'm not sure if that's a valid claim or not...anybody on this list moonlight
>as a lawyer?

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