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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:05:56 -0500
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amicus_curious wrote:
There is no benefit to the community of any real significance in
> harassing them over adding one more site to download from.  All that
> seems to achieve is to give credibility to Ballmer's warning that
> Linux is a sort of cancer that a business whould be smart to avoid.

The GPL is a generic license, written to cover a wide
variety of situations. If vendors want to make a separate
arrangement with the creators of BusyBox to avoid complying
with the GPL, they can try to do so. But there's no point.
If they haven't made any changes, they can just get a copy
of the source from wherever they obtained their BusyBox
binaries and ship that, or put it on their website. To
suggest that this is somehow onerous is ludicrous. But if
anyone wants to regard GPLed software as a cancer to be
avoided, by all means let them not use it.

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