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Offline curaga

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Reported Minitool GPL violation, not a TC derivative
« on: March 20, 2016, 03:31:50 AM »
It was reported to us that Minitool's partition wizard bootable cd (pwfree9.iso) is based on TC, and with no sources nor mention of the license on their site, would violate the GPL.

At the surface it indeed looks like it, as their initrd is named tinycore.gz, just like ours used to be around the time the iso was made. However, there are none of our files inside, so it is not a TC derivative.

The iso does include busybox, and so does violate the GPL, but it does not violate Tiny Core copyrights.
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Re: Reported Minitool GPL violation, not a TC derivative
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2016, 06:57:03 AM »
Hi curaga
It's possible they used tinycore.gz as a template or starting point and just stripped out everything that was Tinycore
specific.
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The iso does include busybox, and so does violate the GPL, but it does not violate Tiny Core copyrights.
I'm guessing it also includes a Linux kernel. Doesn't that violate the GPL as well?

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Re: Reported Minitool GPL violation, not a TC derivative
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 12:45:01 PM »
Yes, the kernel as well.
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