Availability of source code (Was: Re: OFF TOPIC about GPL enforcement (Was: Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice))
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 1:30 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton
Ignoring the repetition on who is entitled to source code and how they are told about it, I would
like to know the answers to some very specific, tangible matters closer to home. My question is
basically whether the terms of a GPL license attached to a software distribution are applicable
to that software distribution, not just downstream derivatives of it. I assume the answer is yes.
WHY I ASK
I have a copy of LibreOffice 3.3.2 installed on my computer. I am looking for any place that I
am offered access to the specific (or, indeed, any) source code for the LibreOffice 3.3.2
distribution that I have installed (en-win-x86).
Admittedly, I never checked the UI text as to where you can get the
To build LibreOffice, I would simply follow the instructions at
which cover different operating systems.
By following the instructions, you create a local "repository" of the
and this repository has *all* versions of LibreOffice (such as 3.3.2
and 3.4.0) and you can select which to build.
It should take you a few hours of downloading + compilation to create
your own LibreOffice.
If you have a fast Internet speed and a good computer, it should take
you about 3 hours of compilation.
Your question is actually about whether we can make the Help→License
information more informative
so that users who would like to build LibreOffice, will get directed
to the How_to_build page.
Looking at the Help | License Information ... tells me about licenses and where to find them, but
nothing about source code. If I give this to my friends, none of them will see anything about
source code either.
If I examine the license, I see that LGPL3 incorporates terms of the GPL3 by reference, and
license follows immediately thereafter. The LGPL3 has definitions about source code and it being
conveyed. The GPL3 has the details.
The preface to the GPL sys that
"Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for
them if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it if you
want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it in new
free programs, and that you know you can do these things."
Section 6, which applies to the non-source form of the LibreOffice 3.3.2 that I installed
specifies a number of ways that source code is still to be made available. 6(d) seems applicable
to the way I obtained LibreOffice 3.3.2 by download:
"d) Convey the object code by offering access from a designated place (gratis or for a charge),
and offer equivalent access to the Corresponding Source in the same way through the same place at
no further charge. ..."
SO WHERE IS IT?
I know of no offer conveyed with the code.
If I go back to the site, all I see are 3.3.3 Final and 3.4.0 Final. I see nothing that would
allow me to re-retrieve or find the source of the 3.3.2 that I have in my possession.
If I follow the "Download the source code to build your own installer" (why does that have to be
the reason?), I see a set of logs that tell me nothing. Under 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168 I
see lists of 20-21 tar.bz2's.
Well, maybe that qualifies. Maybe not. But what about for my 3.3.2?
Indeed, the 3.3.2 version is not showing, because there are newer
versions (3.4.1, 3.4.0 and 3.3.3) and the 3.3.2 does not fit to be in
You can get 3.3.2 files at
As I said earlier, if you really want to compile, you would go for the
'git repositories' and the instructions at
AND ABOUT THOSE DEPENDENCIES
If any of the listed dependencies also have derivatives used, is there some place where, ahem,
those modified sources are available in some suitable way?
See the dependencies at
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