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Old 04-26-2002, 12:19 PM   #1
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Question Is it legal to sell Linux Distributions?


Hi..

I'm not entirely familar to the ins and outs of the GPL, but from what i've read in it, it says "When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price"

Does this apply to all linux software and distrbutions under the GPL? I just want to know.
 
Old 04-26-2002, 01:06 PM   #2
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Your best option is to closely read the GPL and the User Agreement with whatever distro.. some might have some sort of restrictions. Linux is truly free as along with many of the GPL apps it may include.. but there might also be some proprietary software included as well that might restrict you from selling or using the name of the distro.
 
Old 04-26-2002, 01:30 PM   #3
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I'm the first to sey windows.

Sorry dudes. I dont mean windows is better then linux but if your just an everige user then learning al about linux will be a bit insufficent. Most only know windows and won't think they are missing out on any thing.
If your only going to look at the tech then linux way better.

[edit]
I thought it was like this, but i'm not sure
GPL can't sell
BSD can
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Old 04-26-2002, 01:31 PM   #4
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Of course it's legal to sell Linux distributions. How else do RedHat, Mandrake, Suse, and others stay inbusiness?!?!?!? What confuses me is the relationship between the subject of this thread and the poll at the top of the thread .
 
Old 04-26-2002, 01:44 PM   #5
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Lightbulb Linux Distrib

What I was trying to say was "is it legal to sell other distributions"? Am I allowed to sell copies of Red Hat 6.0,7.0, Corel Linux and Mandrake 8.2?

I would'nt be charging much. About 15 euros per cd.
That's what I was trying to say.

Well?
 
Old 04-26-2002, 01:46 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by jglen490
Of course it's legal to sell Linux distributions. How else do RedHat, Mandrake, Suse, and others stay inbusiness?!?!?!? What confuses me is the relationship between the subject of this thread and the poll at the top of the thread .
Your not paying for the software... your paying for the suppord and the book.
But then again I could be rong...
 
Old 04-26-2002, 02:01 PM   #7
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Yes that is correct. you only pay for technical support (if given!) or the richly detailed documentation which is well worth the buy!

That's why I ask the question. Can I charge for the distribution (in US approx $15 per CD).

That Legal?
 
Old 04-26-2002, 02:33 PM   #8
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Yes that is correct. you only pay for technical support (if given!) or the richly detailed documentation which is well worth the buy!

That's why I ask the question. Can I charge for the distribution (in US approx $15 per CD).

That Legal?
Like I said, read the end user agreement of each distro as some might have restrictions, like SuSE and how they don't even offer iso images, if you want the cd you have to buy it.

Linux though is free, but when you break down a distro, Linux is only the kernel.. its not everything else that comes along with it..

And I do believe right now if your not a retail seller or distributor of Redhat, they don't want you to use their name if your selling it, since its trademarked and there was some confusion when some groups were selling redhat linux that they would create, and people thinking they got redhat tech support since they bought it from a business reselling linux distro's.

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Old 04-26-2002, 02:48 PM   #9
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Are you nuts? 15.-US$ for 1 (one) CD? That comes with Suse to more than 100.- US$ for the complete distro. Now that would be more expensive than the original. Plus the way I understood that licensing thing is that you can copy and distribute anything GPL at a price that covers your cost. If you want to make money that has to come from your own work - like supplying services for companies or whoever is willing to pay for it.
 
Old 04-26-2002, 02:53 PM   #10
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Not nuts.. just crazy

Hey I'm not ripping people off but to download the distros and cover my phone cost downloading them it's work out at a slight profit, but not over $5.

NEway, I'm dealing with EUROS!
 
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Are you nuts? 15.-US$ for 1 (one) CD? That comes with Suse to more than 100.- US$ for the complete distro. Now that would be more expensive than the original. Plus the way I understood that licensing thing is that you can copy and distribute anything GPL at a price that covers your cost. If you want to make money that has to come from your own work - like supplying services for companies or whoever is willing to pay for it.
yeah i kind of agree. whenever someone wants a copy, i usually offer to burn them one..

i am just stating that most don't mind for you to burn and resell them, but its also good to read up on their own restrictions.. like in the redhat case, you may have to provide some details on what they are getting if you sell a burned copy of redhat, that they don't get free 30 days tech support from redhat if they are buying from you... etc...
 
Old 04-26-2002, 04:28 PM   #12
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yes of course!

Yes of course. I have stated in documentation that the copies of the distros will be provided "as is" and no technical support will be given, but it is available from kind linux and other troubleshooting linux users from enlisted websites such as linuxquestions.org . I'm not trying to con people, but just simply covering my costs, and most important of all, getting people interested in Linux!
 
Old 04-26-2002, 05:10 PM   #13
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You better be careful - the distros sem to be very protective with their own stuff like installers. A saw a email from connectiva at a website of some german guy in which they treaten legal action - the crime? He had icons from connectiva for download (I don't really know whether the email was legit - but it was good enough for the webmaster to pull the icons)
 
Old 04-26-2002, 05:27 PM   #14
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Ouch!

R u sure? Ok, well I can appreciate that, but I'm not "refacing" the distribs, and am not selling for profit (nothing major anyway!).

We'll see how things go.
 
Old 04-26-2002, 07:49 PM   #15
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Well.............

Being about 90% Irish (10% Scot) I don't think that anyone will talk Swene out of anything that has already been thought about.

Go ahead and sell them........................like you said....."It's only euros"
 
  


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