Tridia VNC

Illtud Daniel illtud.daniel "at" llgc.org.uk
Fri, 08 Mar 2002 11:19:37 +0000


Michael Ossmann wrote:
 
> Personally, I suspect there is a GPL violation going on here.  In fact,
> I'm fairly certain of it.  TridiaVNC (or at least components of it) are
> distributed as a part of TridiaVNC Pro.

Not having tried TridiaVNC Pro, it's hard to call. There is a
scenario in which they could be within the terms: that TVP
is simply a front-end that does the encryption tunnels &
computer selection interface (like VNC commander). In this
case it wouldn't be a derivative work, but a seperate enhancement.

see this bit of the GPL:

 In addition, mere aggregation of another work not based on
 the Program with the Program (or with a work based on the Program)
 on a volume of a storage or distribution medium does not bring
 the other work under the scope of this License. 

Without seeing TVP in action, I'm giving them the benefit of
the doubt. I haven't really looked into TVP's features, so
I can't say I've investigated the case.

> ...there is a
> problem with the click-through license in the TridiaVNC Pro installer.
> It removes many of the freedoms granted by the GPL for the entire piece
> of software without any exclusions for the open source components.

Now *that* should be fixed. Anyone from Tridia care to reply?

-- 
Illtud Daniel                                 illtud.daniel "at" llgc.org.uk
Uwch Ddadansoddwr Systemau                       Senior Systems Analyst
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru                  National Library of Wales
Yn siarad drosof fy hun, nid LlGC   -  Speaking personally, not for NLW
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