On Wednesday 30 March 2005 17:42, Rony Bill wrote:
Please do read the gpl.
I was refering to the present situation, not the past.
has a free version as well as other paid versions. RHEL as you
mention is a paid distro. The free versions are like 'personal'
editions whereas the ones for businesses are more featured and paid
What exactly does this stupid statement mean. I could give you a hundred
very sound reasons for the "Missing features", but dont want to bore
the whole list (as it would involve collating your past posts which
cribbed about ease of use etc.).
Is SuSe Professional 9 or above, a freeware software
personal? By branded distros I am refering to popular brands like
RedHat, SuSe, Mandrake and the likes. Is it legal to copy and use
as many times, paid-for linux versions?
The most popular in terms of installed user base is Debian.
The gpl allows you to make as many copies of any gpld software and
use it in any fashion you please. The only restrictions is that you
cannot change the terms of the gpl. And if you care to read, the
commercial distros come with manuals and support. You are paying for
the manual and support. They may also include some closed source
drivers, which are distributed on different terms (eg. the winmodem
drivers). There is no restriction on your downloading the distro for
free or obtaining the same by any means available to you.
You are however prevented from using the brand name of some distros.
Quite obviously if the Company is spending money on creating a brand
equity for it self I see no reason why some free loader should be
allowed to exploit it's brand image. Particularly by someone ignorant
enough to not know what the gpl is about let alone other things more