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    Are we allowed to redistribute Suse Studio projects?

    I know it's built on Linux and Linux uses the GPL (so this may seem like a stupid question) but the question left unasked is often the one you regret. Are we allowed to redistribute distros we make with Suse Studio?
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    Re: Are we allowed to redistribute Suse Studio projects?

    Have a read through this:

    http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

    and if you have more questions look here :

    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

    The only possible issue you might run into is the use of SUSE branding which will probably by covered by copyright, the source code shouldn't be an issue so long as you stick to the guidelines.

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    Re: Are we allowed to redistribute Suse Studio projects?

    Quote Originally Posted by winh8r View Post
    Have a read through this:

    http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html

    and if you have more questions look here :

    http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html

    The only possible issue you might run into is the use of SUSE branding which will probably by covered by copyright, the source code shouldn't be an issue so long as you stick to the guidelines.
    The source code is what I had a problem with. I read somewhere else that I had to be able to produce the source code for EVERY file in the distrobution and COULD NOT refer people to Suse for it.
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    Re: Are we allowed to redistribute Suse Studio projects?

    There is a difference between being able to provide the source code and actually providing the source code.

    You only need to provide the source code when you are asked for the source code.

    Then you can download it from SUSE and pass it on. It is not like when the police stop you in your motor vehicle and demand to see your driving license and we have to provide it there and then.

    In the UK we get 5 days to produce the license at a police station. How soon would you need to produce this source code? Instantly? I think not.

    In preparation find out if SUSE can produce the source code to every file in the distribution. In this way you will know where to get it from if you need to produce it.

    Another thing that just occurred to me from re-reading your post. The program called SUSE Studio, it lets you create Linux distributions does it? Then this program should provide advice on remaining legal, do you not think?

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    Last edited by grahammechanical; March 6th, 2012 at 03:39 PM.
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