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Re: RedHat SRPMS -- bundling GPL and non-GPL ...



Quoting Xose Vazquez Perez <xose wanadoo es>:
> SuSE only has released United 1.0 sources at
> ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/unitedlinux/1.0/src/
> but no updates. Neither public sources nor binaries, only to his
> customers.

While you are very correct, I think there is something else that is not 
considered.

You _can_ bundle GPL and non-GPL software together, even non-GPL "compatible" 
software.  You just can't have GPL software rely on non-GPL "compatible" 
software (except for the system-level exception).

In the case of a distro, you do _not_ need YaST to run the software.  Yes, it 
makes it a pain to support (let alone install).  And you are _free_ to take all 
the 100% redistributable components off the SuSE distro.

But make no mistake, SuSE does _not_ release a CD image that is 100% freely 
redistributable.  Many components have _strict_ redistribution requirements.

In the case of Red Hat, this is _only_ its trademarks (which is for support 
reasons).  But Red Hat _does_ make it semi-easy to remove them via Anaconda, 
and I assume Fedora will make this even easier.

I much prefer Red Hat's strategy.


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