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Re: Fedora Project: Announcing New Direction

Havoc Pennington wrote:
On Mon, 2003-09-22 at 13:12, Jos Vos wrote:
Related to "freely available": it's not completely clear what the
"Licensing: open source" and the "Downloads: source only, or ..."
in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux column on the above referred page
*exactly* means w.r.t. what people/companies outside Red Hat may
or mayt not do with it.  I guess I have to read the trademark-related
pages at the Red Hat site for that?

You have to read the RHEL agreement, I can't find the link right now but

I've read it.

My understanding is that you have the rights under the open source
licenses to use, modify, and distribute (we cannot and do not want to
remove these), but to get maintenance and support *from us* you have to
subscribe per-system.

Exactly. and if you don't license per-system you loose maintance and support from Red Hat.

But of course I am not a lawyer or official spokesperson, you really
have to read the agreement and you may want to talk to the Red Hat
salespeople as they answer questions about this kind of thing all day.

They won't answer that question. I've emailed sales and got no response.
I think they are happy to not give a definitive answer, so the worry results in noone exercising there rights under the GPL (and others) and keeps RHEL from being redistributed due to FUD.


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