[clug] What can't be distributed with Linux?

David Tulloh david at tulloh.id.au
Thu Mar 22 01:18:39 GMT 2007

Alex Satrapa wrote:
> On 22/03/2007, at 09:45 , Chris Smart wrote:
>> Thanks Doc,
>> It seems to get harder every day.
> Actually, it gets easier and easier.
> Decision tree as follows:
> Is the software distributed under a GPL2+ Licence?
>   yes) you can package it with your distribution
>   no) you shouldn't package it with your distribution
> ... couldn't be easier.
> Alex

There goes Apache (apache licence), Vim (Vim licence), 'more' and many 
other basic command line tools (BSD licence) and even the linux kernel 
(strictly GPLv2 only).

I think if you actually checked, more of your Linux system is running 
code that isn't GPL2+ than is.  What's more, people like making up their 
own licence so you have to read many of them and determine exactly what 
the licence requires you to do.


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