Ticket #2058 (closed defect: invalid)
GPL incompatibility: missing installation sources for Windows
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From the GPL version 2 license, paragraph 16:
The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for making modifications to it. For an executable work, complete source code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to control compilation and installation of the executable.
Clearly, the source code of VirtualBox lacks the scripts used to control the installation of the executable for Windows. Installing the opensource (OSE) version in Windows it's simply impossible. The only possibility is to install the closed source edition with the provided .msi executable, thus violating the GPL license.
The solution for this problem should be shipping the installation scripts and project files to build the .msi package in Windows for the Open Source Edition.