[CentOS] FYI: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Release Candidate Available to Partners

Jerry Franz jfranz at freerun.com
Tue Oct 19 09:09:42 EDT 2010


  On 10/19/2010 05:37 AM, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>
>> Only on v3 license code. Most code is still under v2.
> and what license is the distro shipped as ?
>

That is a very good question. The *support and subscriptions* are under 
RH's own license. The *code* in the packages are under the licenses of 
the people who wrote it (generally not RH) and range over Apache, Perl, 
BSD, GPL, and a few other licenses. If RH wants to *only* publish the 
GPL (and similarly licensed) code, they could do that. But they would 
have to go package-by-package and separate them out. The kernel itself 
is GPL v2, btw.

>>> Also, there are legalise around exactly what is considered a product /
>>> code snippet / build script and distribution - which is what makes
>>> things like NDA's workable.
>> Actually, the GPL forbids using 'add on' agreements like NDAs that
> And how does the GPL get involved in relationships and partnerships that
> exist between people ?
>

That is what it does. It *licenses* distribution between people. You 
can't say "it's under GPL - but you can't redistribute it because I've 
made you sign an NDA". It violates the license that *you* accepted to 
use it yourself in the first place. RH can only use code written by 
other people *if they accept the license it is published under*. 
Otherwise *RH* itself does not have the right to use it at all.

-- 
Benjamin Franz


More information about the CentOS mailing list