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Re: Fedora and the System Administrator

On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 06:23 AM, Bill Anderson wrote:

-> Download the SRPMS[1]

[1] Funny (in a good way) thing, RH goes *beyond* the GPL requirements
by making these available. Outside of stripping those, there is no
getting around needing to pay a license fee for those bits.

What percentage of the RPM spec files are GPL'd? As I understand it, a SRPM is:

1. Source tarball
2. Patches
3. Spec file.

Of course 1, 2 must be disclosed publicly by the legal definition of GPL. The spec file is interesting, if it was derived from one provided by the package authors (not redhat) then it must be dislosed. If it was originally GPL'd by redhat in an earlier release, and a derivation is used in the current RHEL product, it must be disclosed (you cant un-GPL your software). There may be some other cases with a different outcome.


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