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Old 07-04-2009, 01:08 AM   #1
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Can we use fedora for commercial use. or in commercial environment.
Old 07-04-2009, 01:18 AM   #2
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Yes you can, fedora is under the same licensing terms as any other distribution
Old 07-04-2009, 01:23 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.
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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.
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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, 02:18 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.

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.

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