Originally posted by wardialer
Just to reconfirm again.... will I be Ok
OK i will be more serious because companies like Mandrake do muck this up a bit and it is confusing so follow along and i will be as detailed as possible even though you didn't say exactly what product you bought (why do i feel like i'm talking to a mandrake plant ?)
I think that Mandrake is purposefully a little vague on this point
and for this reason would never use Mandrake
in a nutshell (an oversimplification but good to start)
if you bought some commercial version with lots of third party software
and you are a Businesses of all sizes, Academic institutions, Government agencies, Bulk buyers, SMEs, Non-profit organizations, VARs, Resellers etc. (whatever etc is)
they want you to buy a bunch of stinking licenses.
even though as far as i can tell most of the stuff included is available free of charge otherwise from the original vendors.
say again if you represent a business or organization and purchased a commercial product with 3rd party software they want you to by stupid microsoft like licenses.
but they go on to say they require no usage reports etc -- in other words it's crap
This means if you are an individual that is not a business or organization then you are in the clear.
with that said the actual license that conveys with everything but the 3rd party software is as follows (you have these rights) (and Mandrake knows you have these rghts)
you are free to install it on anything
you are free to redistribute it
you are free to redistribute it and charge money for it
you are free to change it and install it on anything
you are free to change it and redistribute it
you are free to change it and redistribute it and charge money for it
the only thing you are not allowed to do it redistribute it without making the source code available
or redistribute it and claim you wrote it
or redistribute it and alter the license
or change it and redistribute it and not document or make clear you have changed it
and you must make the source code to any changes avalable freely and under the same copyleft
there are also considerations of the trademark mandrake
if you alter the mandrake distribution you must remove all references to mandrake before you can redistribute
if you purchased disks that mandrake calls "commercial",we were talking about above and they generally have jazzy titles like ("Power Pack", "Power Pack+", "Mandrakelinux Move", "AMD64 Edition" or "Power Pack DVD Edition", "Corporate Server") that is they contain demos of or full versions of third party software not covered under the GNU public license then in order to redistribute you must remove the third patry software.
most likely this just means toss a few of the disks in the can but i have never used mandrake so i don't know.
otherwise (wothout 3rd paty software) if you wished to set up an e-commerce website and sell the version of Mandrake you purchased unchanged you are free to do so provided you state clearly
This product is the Mandrakelinux Distribution known as <Product>
If you wish to redistribute (sell) a products known as commercial directly then you need to talk to the Mandrake people because of brand agreements.
one further note because mandrake when they try to be proprietary like this knows they are on shaky ground they say the "free" version is the downloadable version BUT NOT LIMITED TO the downloadable version as in some of the versions they sell might also be free if you actually look at what's in them even including the 3'rd party stuff thats usually like acrobat reader and crap like i said before thats free anyway..... sure that makes alot of sense
no wonder you were confused
i say change one word in the documantation and redistribute it a Quack_The_Duck_Linux
I'll buy it from you then