Redistribution of FreeBSD 5.3
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Feb 24 06:43:38 GMT 2005
Bryan Smith wrote:
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> My name is Bryan and I am wondering if I can freely distribute FreeBSD 5.3.
> If I can redistribute it, is there anything I need to include with the ISO
> images when I distribute them?
No. You can redistribute byte-for-byte identical copies of the ISO images
from the ftp.freebsd.org servers if you'd like.
> I read that I need to include the copyright notice.
That's right. Very probably you will need to include both the BSD /COPYRIGHT
file and the GPL /usr/src/gnu/COPYING file somewhere.  Of course, the ISO
images come with the files containing the copyright and license text.
> Do I need to include a seperate document for this copyright notice
> (text file or html document) or is the copyright notice in one of the ISO
> images (also, is the copyright notice that I would need to add the one found
> at http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/freebsd-license.html)?
The ones that come with the ISO images are fine as far as BSD-licensed and
GPL'ed ("GPL-licensed?" :-) software are concerned. Depending on the version
of FreeBSD and if you include any ports, you ought to consider:
Note that if you modify parts of FreeBSD, especially GPLed parts, you will
likely be obligated to make those changes available under the terms of 3b:
" b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three
years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your
cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete
machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be
distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium
customarily used for software interchange; or,"
...unless your changes are included in source form already.
> Also, is there a limit on the amount I can redistribute?
: Or several somewheres, unfortunately:
11-sec% locate COPYING | wc -l
I wonder if anyone has arranged for them to be hardlinks to each other? :-)
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