Subject: Re: open source definition
From: "William C. Cheng" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 15:39:08 -0400

Bruce Perens <> wrote:
 >From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
 >> the publishers can make money
 >Competitive forces limit this to a minimum profit - since
 >anyone can sell the software, someone who charged too much would quickly
 >bootstrap their own competition. One example is the Official Debian CD,...

Is that true?  Let's say that company X made a product based on GPL'ed
software and sold it to company Y for $100K.  No one can get the source
other than company Y.  Company Y certainly won't publish the source because
it just paid $100K for it.

Part two of the question...  Let's say that company Z pretends that it
also wants to buy the product.  It paid for the product and asked for
the source and got the source.  Then company Z says that it doesn't want
it any more.  It got a refund from company X.  Can company Z publish the
source (and now company X has to explain to company Y that the $100K is
for support)?
Bill Cheng // <URL:>