Once it is in your possession, you own it. Before it is in your possession, you don't own it. Actual ownership hasn't been transferred.
Since copyright laws exist, and since Mozilla owns the copyright to Firefox, and the only terms they allow you to download or use Firefox is within the terms of the TOS, if you want to download or use it, you have to abide by it.
Are you really that stupid that you cannot understand that?
It is, in this case. because Dell is then sending the laptop *WITH* firefox on it. Hence - distribution.
If Dell sent someone over to the house to install it, then there's no distribution involved.
Are you unable to read the article where the relevant bits of the TOS is posted?
Jeez. That has been solved for over 10 years. Just because you don't know how, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Which is against Mozilla's TOS. Not allowed to charge for installing FireFox.
How hard is that to understand, and why do you keep trying to weasel out of it?
Then you should have learnt that there's nothing that cannot be automated away. Automating installs is a solved problem. Putting an install in an image to be deployed is a solved problem. Hell, putting an installed app in to an installed OS image is a solved problem.
In some cases, not just legal, but almost legally required (think stock brokers, etc).
Documentation is more important than code. He insists on documentation first.
I once watch him rip a developer a new one (and ripped out code) because the developer committed code without documentation.
He is a license purist in the sense that he only distributes software that he is allowed to, by license. This is why OpenBSD has pf. The ipf author made a special exception for OpenBSD and said everyone can ship modified sources of ipf, except for OpenBSD. OpenBSD can only ship ipf as is. Since OpenBSD had a bunch of patches for ipf, they were screwed.
So they dumped ipf and wrote pf.
Doubt if this is something he can answer as I assume he spends his time coding, rather than playing with the different linux distros.
This has been answered before, on slashdot too.
Link? Marcus Ranum seemed to like OpenBSD. A quick search gave me the following:
TOP OF THE NEWS
--OpenBSD Release Protected Against Buffer Overflow Attacks
(11 April 2003)
(Ranum): It's GREAT to see that at least a few people are smart enough
to try to attack problems like this systemically, rather than keeping
stuck in the fruitless "penetrate and patch" while loop. This is how
to make progress in security: fundamental protections.
“One of the BSD variants — OpenBSD (www.openBSD.org) — was constituted with security as its premise,” says Marcus Ranum. “They did some really interesting stuff; they did complete code audits of major hunks of the operating system and found huge, horrible, gigantic holes that all the other UNIX derivatives had been ignoring. They subsequently got fixed, but it was a huge reality check for the community.
Because when I quote from LOTR, I know it's not real. However, I don't think as many people who quote The Bible is aware that it is not real. YMMV of course.
Obviously someone who has never worked with Theo. Theo simply does not suffer fools and will call you out for being stupid.
That is it.
I have asked beginner level questions, and he had answered them politely. But if you come in with an attitude, or as a know-it-all and did not even bother to read the FAQ, he will treat you like the turd you are.
For whatever reason, people seem to think that's being an asshole. Theo's not your paid support monkey, and has no need to waste his time on people who refuse to read.