[PlanetCCRMA] Re: PlanetCCRMA on RHEL?

William M. Quarles walrus@bellsouth.net
Thu Apr 7 15:14:01 2005

Axel Thimm wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 04, 2005 at 12:54:09PM -0400, William M. Quarles wrote:
>>Just wondering, why are there these repackaged "redistributions" of
>>Red Hat Enterprise Linux?  Technically since it is all Gnu-licensed
>>can't people freely redistribute it unaltered, too?
> No, the GPL ensures free propagation of the sources, not the binaries.

Well technically RHEL as a whole is a derivative work, so

2. b)  You must cause any work that you distribute or publish, that in 
whole or in part contains or is derived from the Program or any part 
thereof, to be licensed as a whole at no charge to all third parties 
under the terms of this License.

***More importantly for us:

3.  You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, 
under Section 2) in **object code or executable form** under the terms 
of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

     a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable 
source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 
2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,

     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,

     c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer 
to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed 
only for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program 
in object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with 
Subsection b above.)

>>In that sense Red Hat Enterprise Linux is still free (Free), you
>>just have to find a place that you can get it from.  I would
>>probably use it if I knew where I could get it unaltered.  Provided
>>that I had the time for it sometime this summer I would rebuild
>>Planet CCRMA for it, too.
> You do need a license for RHEL, anything else is non-legal. Or you can
> rebuild RHEL from sources, which is why there are 1001 clones of RHEL.

Then RHEL cannot be GPL, because

6.  Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the 
Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the 
original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to 
these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further restrictions 
on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein. You are not 
responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties to this License.

> I'm currently setting up RHEL support at ATrpms, when I get through
> it I'd like to help CCRMA getting to RHEL, too. :)