[Gllug] Some Advice on SUS licencing.

Andrew Halliwell ah at gnd.com
Mon Feb 9 10:29:59 UTC 2004

And verily, didst Alistair Mann announce to the hordes:
> The GPL v2 provision 1 clearly allows anyone to make a copy of software 
> covered by the GPL and specifically /allows/ you to charge whatever you like 
> either for supplying a warranty or for "the physical act of transferring". 

Yes, true, but...
SuSE contains yast, yast does not fall under the GPL. By all means, copy
everything on the SuSE CDs except for yast and other support files.

You could give that away for free or at a price if you wanted, but it
wouldn't be SuSE anymore.
> David was right: he can copy his friend's CD, support free, without paying 
> Suse a penny. Similarly, David's friend can charge him whatever he fancies 
> for handing him that CD, a charge which will no doubt include his costs in 
> labour, media, whatever.

Just because most of the packages in a distribution are GPL does NOT make
the whole distro GPL.

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