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+ - GNU/Linux distro requires Windows to install 5

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dgun
dgun writes "I recently put together a new PC. When I purchased the motherboard, I noticed that it came with an instant on OS, a small GNU/Linux distro known as Splashtop. I assumed that the OS was on a ROM chip on the motherboard. To my great annoyance, when I try to boot to the OS there is a message that says it is not installed. It turns out that motherboard comes with an install disk for this GNU/Linux OS that you can only run from Windows (of course) that will install the OS on the hard drive. First of all, doesn't installing it on the hard drive defeat the point of having an instant on OS? If I wanted to duel boot a small GNU/Linux OS, I'm sure there are plenty to choose from that I could try. Secondly, if distributing GPL'd software by means that completely preclude it from being used without Windows is not a violation of the GPL, should it not be?"
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GNU/Linux distro requires Windows to install

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  • TFS deserves a flamebait tag only for this. It surely does not install neither EMACS nor GCC and with 95% probability uses ulibc instead of glibc. How on earth could it called GNU-Linux?
    Ah, and releasing GPL does not require you to provide a full build-chain, no. Neither it should in my opinion: if I can't use it, it does not count as a feature when I vote with my wallet. But it sounds like a good new battle for free-software people.
    • by tepples (727027)

      releasing GPL does not require you to provide a full build-chain, no.

      No, but it does require that you release a build script (GPLv2/v3) for use with a Major Component (i.e. a commonly available compiler), along with any necessary signing keys (GPLv3).

    • by nidarus (240160)

      It surely does not install neither EMACS nor GCC and with 95% probability uses ulibc instead of glibc. How on earth could it called GNU-Linux?

      As if GCC, Emacs and ulibc are good reasons to call it GNU/Linux in the first place. "GNU/Linux" is the "womyn" of the free software movement. It's about presenting yourself as an FSF True Believer, not about technical accuracy.

      (I know that you're probably aware of this. My point is that trying to argue about it on objective, technical grounds is futile)

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