[Sur] Is Project Ceibal violating the GNU General Public License?

Yamandu Ploskonka yamaplos en bolinux.org
Lun Ago 24 12:17:45 EDT 2009


I must have missed some part of this, you appear to be quoting some 
Ceibal document, could you point us to it?



Walter Bender wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 3:48 AM, John Gilmore<gnu en toad.com> wrote:
>> Re: [Sugar-devel] RFH - Journal corruption reports fom 8.2.1 users in Uy
>>> Remember that Ceibal XOs have root access locked-down. And I recently found
>>> out that since the key-delegation stuff was implemented, we can't request
>>> developer keys. Not from OLPC at least, and LATU is not providing that service
>>> that I know...
>> Could someone please clarify this?
> According to Ceilbal (24-08-09):
> "We have delivered developer keys in the past, and we will deliver them to
> the owner of the machine upon request."
> Therefore, I do not think that there is a violation of the GPL.
> -walter
>> It sounds like Project Ceibal is explicitly violating the GNU General
>> Public License on much or all of the software that it ships:
>>  *  It provides binaries without source code, and without a written
>>     offer of source code.
>>  *  It provides binaries in a physical form (laptop) which is
>>     protected against modification by the end-user, so that those
>>     users cannot replace the GPLv3-licensed software on the laptop
>>     with later versions.  More than 20 packages shipped are GPLv3
>>     licensed, as of 12 months ago, including the Coreutils (most
>>     shell commands), tar and cpio (used for software updates), and
>>     gettext (internationalization).  GPLv3 requires that the relevant
>>     passwords or keys must be supplied to the end user -- including
>>     both the "developer key" and the root password.
>>  *  Some programs are modified, but the modified versions are not
>>     marked to distinguish them from the original GPL-licensed
>>     programs.
>> There are other less important violations as well (most are documented
>> at bugs.laptop.org; search for "GPL").
>> I would be happy to learn that the children receiving these laptops
>> have full access to source code, ability to upgrade their laptops
>> at will, and can tell modified from unmodified software.  Please let
>> me know what is really happening in the schools of Uruguay.
>>        John Gilmore
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