distrubuting distro

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at student.uu.se
Wed Feb 2 05:22:41 PST 2005

On Wed, Feb 02, 2005 at 07:00:57AM -0600, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> Erik Trulsson wrote:
> >On Wed, Feb 02, 2005 at 06:29:08AM -0600, Nikolas Britton wrote:
> > 
> >
> >>faisal gillani wrote:
> >>
> >>   
> >>
> >>>Is it allowed to distribute Freebsd on any other
> >>>distro & charging only media cost related to it ?
> >>>GNU based application are very hard to find here in my
> >>>country & ordering from Internet is very expensive,
> >>>for a normal user , so i was thinking can i copy my
> >>>distro Cd's & sell @ media cost in my country ? is it
> >>>allowed ?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>     
> >>>
> >>You can do ANYTHING you want with FreeBSD (The BSD license effectively 
> >>says the same thing as the MIT license, you can see the BSD license 
> >>here: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php and here 
> >>http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/license.html):
> >>   
> >>
> >
> >But remember that several parts of FreeBSD are covered by the GNU
> >GPL which has somewhat more restrictions (mainly in that (slightly
> >simplified) you need to include the sourcecode for anything you
> >distribute.)
> >
> >In either case it is certainly allowed to sell FreeBSD and charge
> >whatever you want.  You just can't prevent anybody making further
> >copies once they have recieved one.
> > 
> >
> If there was no GPL code in FreeBSD he could prevent anybody from making 
> copys of his copys,

No, he could not, unless he adds his own modifications to the code.
If he adds his own modifications then those modifications can't be
copied without a specific license and untangling the free and non-free
parts of the code is infeasible.

> as long as he keeps the BSD copyright notices in 
> there etc he can do anything he wants with it, ANYTHING! For example the 
> Windows NT network stack was ripped from OpenBSD et. al.

It has been widely alleged (and is even likely) that Windows got large
parts of the TCP/IP implementation from some BSD implementation, but so
far no proof has appeared.
But that is irrelevant since Microsoft no doubt has made their own
changes and those changes are not re-distributable without Microsoft's

> Now if you ask 
> me if it's a sane thing to do I'd say no because they can just go around 
> him and get it from the FreeBSD site. but the point I'm trying to make 
> is that he could if he wanted to, even if it's a stupid idea such as 
> this, because FreeBSD IS "free", unlike the GPL.

<Insert your favourite quote here.>
Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at student.uu.se

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