SuSE Yast violating the GPL?
reinhard.mueller at bytewise.at
Thu Feb 7 17:18:42 UTC 2002
On Thu, 2002-02-07 at 17:49, RIBNITZ Robert wrote:
> In their Yast License, section 3, they state something along the lines that
> it is forbidden to duplicate SuSE linux (and ofc yast) without their prior
> written consent (and possibly a fee)
> Now, SuSE linux contains a vast number of programs that are licensed under
> the terms of the GPL, or LGPL. One of these "programs" is a linux kernel
> (suse contains a modified kernel, not the stock one from kernel.org).
> However, the GPL forbids programs that use the license to use other
> licenses/conditions, or to restrict the gpl further (items 4, 6 and 7 of the
Many programs on the SuSE CD's are under the GPL. YAST is under it's own
license, and as long as YAST doesn't _link_ to GPL'ed code, it may be.
And it's not forbidden to distribute software of different licenses on
the same CD. IIRC SuSE even distributes demo versions of non-free
software on their CDs.
So SuSE seems to be just another software company that doesn't want to
give its users the freedom they deserve, but they act (IMHO) perfectly
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