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Re: Availability of source code (Was: Re: OFF TOPIC about GPL enforcement (Was: Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: [Libreoffice] Proposal to join Apache OpenOffice))


2011/6/22 Jesús Corrius <jesus@softcatala.org>:
I checked those files as well. They are all 'noarch' (do not contain
compiled programs; No Architecture),
and contain the same .png branding images.

The license not only covers the code, also the images. So if those
images are in the program, the source code must include them.

That's why the link to the source code has to point to them too, that
is, it must point to the modified source code of your distribution.
And not the original at LibreOffice's. Or point to both ;)


Two points:

1. When you reply to an e-mail, it is important to keep the lines which say
"On Friday 22 June 2011, XYZ <xyz@gmail.com> said:"
In this way, it is easy to see who said the quoted text.

2. As I said earlier, a user can get LibreOffice from the LibreOffice website,
or get it packaged from some other source (such as a Linux distribution).
It is the problem of that other source to explain to the user where to get any
modifications/additions.
We can say somewhere in the About dialog box something along the lines:

"You can get the source code for this version of LibreOffice by
following the instructions
at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/.....
Please note that if you received LibreOffice from a distributor other
than www.libreoffice.org,
there might exist additional modifications; consult that distributor
for more details."

If the distributor is really into making significant changes in their
LibreOffice,
they can modify the above message and add specific instructions that
relate to them.
It is quite easy to do so; for Debian/Ubuntu, you can write

apt-get source libreoffice

However, this is an issue that Debian/Ubuntu and any other
distribution have to deal with.
Actually, a user of a Linux distribution is supposed to know already
that for each
package they can use these 'apt-get source xyz' commands to get the source code.

Simos

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