Uruguay violates GPL by deleting root on OLPCs

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 11:21:27 EDT 2010

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:32 AM, John Gilmore <gnu at toad.com> wrote:
> Shipping the laptops without root access is a direct violation of the
> GPLv3 license on a dozen packages (probably 50+ packages in later

While I understand and agree with the spirit of what John wants,
"direct violation" is a strong thing to say.

Is it true? If you can get the src, compile and install and use the
GPLv3 software.

A quick check of "old" official images that I have around shows very
few gplv3 packages, all of them things that I can easily recompile and
put in my ~/bin, tweak my PATH envvar, and use from there.

> these scofflaws

These scofflaws are trying to protect kids from theft, John. Userbase
6 to 12 years old.


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