[MonoDevelop] EULA on install

Daniel Hughes trampster at gmail.com
Thu May 5 22:15:14 EDT 2011

>From http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

Can software installers ask people to click to agree to the GPL?

If I get some software under the GPL, do I have to agree to anything?
Some software packaging systems have a place which requires you to click
through or otherwise indicate assent to the terms of the GPL. This is
neither required nor forbidden. With or without a click through, the GPL's
rules remain the same.

Merely agreeing to the GPL doesn't place any obligations on you. You are not
required to agree to anything to merely use software which is licensed under
the GPL. You only have obligations if you modify or distribute the software.
If it really bothers you to click through the GPL, nothing stops you from
hacking the GPLed software to bypass this.

My reading of this says that I don't have to agree to anything. So why does
the installer not let me continue unless I accept the GPL. Although
requiring assent is allowed it indicates a fundamental misunderstanding
about what the GPL is.

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 9:36 PM, Levi Bard <
taktaktaktaktaktaktaktaktaktak at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Why do I have to click 'I aggree' to the LGPL when installing mono
> develop
> > on windows.
> > The LGPL is not a EULA, You don't need to show it to me and I know need
> > to agree to it.
> It's pretty standard for Free Software apps on windows to advise users
> of their rights and responsibilities during installation.
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