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Old 04-15-2002, 02:33 AM   #1
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i'm slightly confused by this newfangled distro... apparently, u can't resell it due to its trademark and copyright materials , but they say the code is released under the GPL??? how am i supposed to interpret all this?
Old 04-15-2002, 05:48 AM   #2
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Perhaps the software is under the GPL, but the name and any proprietary software has been put under a different licensing scheme. Perhaps if you had the code to all of Lycoris you could change the name, and just that, and sell it. Why you'd want to, is a different matter - Lycoris/Redmind sucks.
Old 04-15-2002, 06:00 AM   #3
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no i am not interested or wowed by Lycoris... i was just reading their stuff and i was wondering how the heck they figure themselves in the open source / linux milieu. i am also wondering how the heck they managed to squeeze themselves between the GPL and commerciality.

it's just kde with some theme on a machine. and they were showcasing koffice stuff... IMO, koffice is even less industry-ready than staroffice or openoffice. I suppose their advantage is that they've got linux pre-installed on a machine and set it to run at runlevel 5? any hardware manufacturer can do that!!!

man... and they're gonna try and make money from that?

pardon my harsh tone. i just find it all quite dubious and bordering on ludicrous.
Old 04-15-2002, 10:15 AM   #4
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red hat also has reseller restrictions...

they also "protect" their copyright by disallowing sales of CDs they don't manufacture. The contents are still freely distributable with the caveat that you can't use the name Red Hat to sell the CD.

The upside of this is that it really illustrates how the GPL protects us as consumers. Red Hat I'm sure would love to restrict the distribution of their distro but can't. Even if you don't agree with RMS (and most people don't at least not wholeheartedly) this would be a fine time to remember that some of his work is the only reason that Linux still exists in the form that it does. Give the cranky old commie a virtual pat on the back.
Old 04-16-2002, 08:32 AM   #5
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Re: red hat also has reseller restrictions...

Originally posted by goneaway
Give the cranky old commie a virtual pat on the back.
yes indeed... if i were still in the uni, i might have written some paper about how the open source movement is somehow as much a parallel of Marx's communism just as the protestant ethic was a parallel phenomenon of capitalism (according to Weber).
Old 04-16-2002, 01:38 PM   #6
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look at lindows...that guy ripped off someones work and is like charging like a 100 bucks to demo


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