[ILUG-BOM] Open SUSE 10.2 Disks Required

Fri Jan 19 15:45:20 IST 2007

On Friday 19 January 2007 14:23, Rajen M. Parekh wrote:
> jtd wrote:
> > Read this: Carefully
> > http://www.novell.com/products/opensuse/eula.htm
> >
> > And if u missed it

>  From what you have posted above, how is it illegal if I just make
> copies of the CDs without any modification or any consideration ? I
> think that is what the original poster of this thread wanted -
> copies of Opensuse 10.2. If I make copies for him, without any
> consideration or modification, I don't see how it violates the
> above quoted part of the eula where it is explicitly allowed to
> make unlimited copies of the software.

U missed one point completely. The gpl DOES NOT allow u to place 
restriction on use or distribution. So this company is effectively 
robbing everybody else to fatten themselves. 
The restriction are stated in the other parts. Read my other mail.

> Secondly, how come magazines like PCQuest and Linuxforu ( and many
> more other mags in other countries) are distributing OpenSuse with
> their issues if it is illegal to make copies ?

They could have signed an agreement with Novell. If they havent they 
are violating the eula. By advertising the cd the mag is bundling the 
distro with some other service - the sale of the mag.
Ofcourse the gpl V2 permits you to do the above, but does not 
specifically state that by distributing patented gpl software the 
same rights extend to the patent. And Novell explicitly state that 
they grant u a non transferable right to use patented stuff in there.
Does use cover distribution?. Does use cover modification and reverse 
engineering as allowed by the gpl?
So get wise and use a distro which encourages to reuse and distribute 
in the true GNU spirit or Hire a lawyer and dance on a skewed foor to 
the tune of these pied pipers who pretend that the miniscule portions 
of crap in there are what makes your systems work.


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