HP 9000 series 200 emulator
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Fri Mar 4 13:08:12 CST 2011
> It was thus said that the Great Tony Duell once stated:
> > >
> > > If you look closely when 'RUNNING' the program, you will see a GPL notice ....
> > So you're saying I have to download a binary-only program and run it on a
> > machine I don't own under an OS I don't have a license for to see this?
> > In any case. I don't believe a binary-only program can be released under
> > the GPL, certainly not under the GPL that I am familiar with.
> Actually, one can release a binary-only program under the GPL. The
> relevant portion of the GPL for this is:
> 3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it,
> under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of
> Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:
> b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three
> years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your
> cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete
> machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be
> distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium
> customarily used for software interchange; or,
> c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer
> to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is
> allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you
> received the program in object code or executable form with such
> an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)
> So, legally obtain the program, then ask for the source code.
Yes, agreed. But I think there;s a big difference between a binary-only
distribution of a program and a program which is only distributed as a
Now, IANAL, but I take that to mean that it's quite legal for me to (say)
give you a disk with a GCC binary on it for a particular system (GCC being
a GPL'ed program, of coruse) provided I either offer you the source for
trh ecost of copying it, or tell you where to get it from
This is met in spirit, and I suspect in letter, by web siters that have
one link to download a pre-configured program to run on Windows, say, and
a separate link to donwload the source code for it.
However, in the case of this HP9000/200 emualtor, the soruce code is not
yet available to download. I happen to believe the author is honest, and
that he will release the source code when he's tidied it up, but right
now I can get the binary but not the soruce.
Of course I sincerely hope nothing like this happens, but I can think of
many reasons why the author would be unable to relase the souce code.
So at this point, I do fail to see how the program, binary only, no
source avaialble, can be released under the GPL. Once the source is
available, of course it can be/
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