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Old 07-04-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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Can we use fedora for commercial use. or in commercial environment.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 12:18 AM   #2
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Yes you can, fedora is under the same licensing terms as any other distribution
 
Old 07-04-2009, 12:23 AM   #3
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Yes. Read your licenses.

fedora is licensed mostly in GNU GPL or related licenses - these allow for commercial use, copying, remixing, modification and redistribution. Have fun.

The difference between a commercial and non-commercial distro is that the commercial versions also sell something. Usually updates, support and so on.

Bear in mind that proprietary add-ons may be included under license terms which preclude commercial use without a royalty. Read the legal notices. Read the licenses.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
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Keep in mind that each version of Fedora is only supported for 13 months. After that there are no official updates of any kind. Since Fedora still advises a clean install to upgrade from one version to the next, this effectively means doing a clean install every year. Consider using Centos instead, it has a five year plus support life. Centos is RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) with the logos removed. It is free to download/update (unlike RHEL) and is binary compatible with RHEL. Virtually any book or information for RHEL applies to Centos.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 06:12 PM   #5
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use CentOS in a commercial environment .
The 13 month life cycle of fedora -- THEN NO UPDATES AT ALL - NO SECURITY UPDATES -- is not good in a commercial environment.

CentOS HOWEVER HAS A 5 YEAR LIFE CYCLE , and is very stable.

updates on fedora often will kill something , for example a recent update to python and tk killed PySolFC card game. and the current kernel killed the gui for the plymouth boot loader.
 
Old 07-05-2009, 01:18 AM   #6
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The situation where this usually comes up in the proprietary world is where someone wants to use their own laptop (non-commercial license) at work. This contravenes the license terms.

In this case it may be entirely reasonable to run fedora in a commercial environment.

Australian charities have been running foul of this sort of thing. People have been using their home-edition software for the charity work, or the charities computers have been used with (gratis) academic licenses. This has counted as a commercial environment because of the way many charities raise money in Oz.

http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=63B...239976114D2137

With the new awareness comes caution.

Of course, lots of people are confused by the "free" nature of gnu/linux as well. This, along with certain industry CEOs insisting that linux is non-commercial, can lead people to think that they are not allowed to use linux at work. <sigh>

Which distro one should be using depends on personal taste and the workplace environment. We cannot really give good advise on this without knowing more.

Last edited by Simon Bridge; 07-05-2009 at 01:22 AM.
 
  


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