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GPL Derivative Distro Problem

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Published on 28 June 2006 01:00 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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NewsForge has up an article on a GPL requirement that could hinder some derivative Linux distributions. The one most recent distribution under attack was SimplyMEPIS, which is Ubuntu-based. It is in violation of the GNU GPL for not providing the source-code for packages which the distribution is based upon. The MEPIS founder, Warren Woodford, intends to comply with the Free Software Foundation request. It is an interesting read, and is certainly worth the time.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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