GPL: implications for FreeBSD-on-hardware for sale?
Paul A. Hoadley
paulh at logicsquad.net
Sat Apr 10 00:45:20 PDT 2004
For a certain niche market, I am considering selling a software
application by pre-installing it on a small machine running FreeBSD,
and then selling the whole thing. Are there any implications arising
from the GPL (or other more-restrictive-than-BSD licensed) code in the
tree? Would it be arguable that I was, in fact, selling only the
hardware and my own software application, and giving away the (GPL-
and BSD-licensed) open source software for free? I presume that the
GPL would require me to at least make the source code of the
GPL-covered parts of FreeBSD available on request (Section 3(b)),
given that I would not be including the FreeBSD source code (it simply
wouldn't be required) in the installation.
This bridge must have been crossed before. Does anyone have any
mailto:paulh at logicsquad.net
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