At 10:03 -0400 2000.09.25, Ben Tilly wrote:
>Chris Nandor wrote:
>>At 23:42 -0500 2000.09.24, David Grove wrote:
>> >Whatever is done, it should be clear that a situation that exists today
>> >not be permitted in the future. It should be impossible for a (corporate)
>> >entity, based on the GPL, to restrict the redistribution of Perl, which
>>is a
>> >right seemingly granted by the AL.
>>No.  No one can restrict the redistribution of Perl.  You can always go to
>>CPAN and get the source and distribute it in any way you want to, and no
>>one can stop you.  What you say is patently false.
>I think David is confused about this situation, but what he
>said is not entirely false.  Anyone who wants can get Perl,
>make changes under the GPL, and release the hacked up version
>under the GPL.  You would now have a GPL-only fork of Perl
>which it is unlikely anyone would actually use, but you would
>have a version of Perl with rather more strict redistribution
>requirements than the current one.

Yes, but no one can restrict the redistribution of Perl (or perl).  You
can, perhaps (though I am not entirely convinced), restrict the
distribution of some specific distribution, but not perl (or Perl) itself.
David makes it sound like no one can distribute a Win32 perl because
ActiveState restricts ActivePerl distribution (which is, of course, what he
is referring to, though he doesn't come out and say it).  I know that he
doesn't believe no one can distribute a Win32 perl, but that is what he
actually states: that a company can restrict redistribution of perl.  And
they can't.

Chris Nandor                      [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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