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ChaseCrum 04-29-2004 03:41 PM

building a distro
I have been doing alot of research into building my own disro. I have found a lot of information on linuxfromscratch, but I was wondering, what would I do if I wanted to build it off of slack, or even debian ?

XavierP 04-29-2004 03:55 PM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux From Scratch and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

linuxnut2003 04-29-2004 04:24 PM

the commands are the same no matter which distro you use. i built Linux From Scratch on Redhat and slackware without any problems.

ChaseCrum 05-03-2004 11:08 AM

ok, so,
if you do build off of one of their distro's can you technicaly call the fnished product your own ? I see so many distros on distrowatch, and they all have their own product names, but they are built off of some other distro. Whats the rules for this ?

dawizman 05-03-2004 09:16 PM

I would suggest taking a look at the gnu licence

ChaseCrum 05-04-2004 06:29 AM

I know where you're going with this, but it's not my point. I know that *Linux* is free, but what about the finished product ? If I were to build a distro based off of fedora, slack or debian (my top three choices right now) could I then call this product my own ?

Grymme 05-04-2004 07:07 AM

A linux distribution is not just one product if you look at licenses. You have some GPLed software and some distros might have some packages with other licenses. Once example atm is XFree86 4.4.0 version with their new license that's not compatible with GPL and which is included in slackware. You might have some distribution with commercial parts that you can't use but that still has GPLed parts that you can use.

If you use software in your distribution that's under GPL then it's very smart to read that license.

If you use software in your distro that's under some other license then read it very carefully. The license-stuff is a hassle at times. GPL is really nice unless you want to make the software unfree...

Check here for a faq on GPL

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