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Why don't I have to agree to the GPL when installing Linux?

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2010-06-15, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Hamburg

Why don't I have to agree to the GPL when installing Linux?

This is a lightning talk (five minutes in duration) that was held at the KunterBuntesSeminar in the summer of 2010.

In it, I addressed the differences between a EULA (like a lot of proprietary software use them) and a permissive license like the GPL, which is used, among others, by the Linux kernel. Most importantly, I explained why there's no "accept the GPL" screen during a Linux installation.

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