[ILUG] Free Linux? Newbe Q
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Oct 18 18:29:05 IST 2004
Quoting Andoni (andonilist at eurokom.ie):
> You say that copies are available from RedHat and Heanet but all I
> find when I follow the directory trees is SRPM directories. Can you
> please let me know the path to a compiled version of RedHat EL 3.0?
1. It's possible that some of the couple-of-thousand packages in RHEL
3.0's several editions have restricted distribution above and beyond
the commercial-redistribution restrictions on two non-software
packages (detailed below). I'd be delighted to license-audit any
edition of your choosing to find out for sure: All you need do is
pay me my hourly consulting rate, two-hour minimum, and stipulate
that I am not an attorney; ergo that this is not professional
legal advice. Other than that, I've not so far been able to
spot anything that bars non-commercial redistribution of RHEL
3.0 binary CD images.
2. Two non-software packages, redhat-logos and anaconda-images are
copyrighted by Red Hat, Inc. and released under a proprietary copyright
licence that conditions the right of non-commercial redistribution
on observance of the company's posted trademark "policy".
(The trademark "policy" makes requests of the public for trademark
observance above and beyond those necessitated by trademark law.)
Thus, to the best of my ability to tell, it would be lawful for me to
post the ISOs of my RHEL binary CDs to my ftp site for public access
as long as there is no commerce involved (and thus no potential
violation of the redhat-logos and anaconda-images copyright licence).
But that would mean I would be underwriting bandwidth cost for every
cheapskate in the known universe -- without the legal right to be
recompensed for it.
I would speculate that that (plus legal caution generally) is why you
will find that RHEL binary images are rarely if ever available on the
Broaching two potentially inflammatory topics in as many weeks risks
getting yourself dropped into the oubliette marked "troll", by the way.
Just so you know.
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