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Paul Johnson 04-29-2011 04:17 PM

I have RHel6. How does that turn into Centos 6?
 
The bickering here about Centos 6 has made me wonder what is actually
legally necessary to re-distribute the RPM files that come with RHel6.

I am not starting a flame ware, I hope. I'm just curious about what
is minimally necessary go from RHel6 to another distribution. I
suppose we could discuss "Paul Linux 6" instead of Centos, if that
makes you feel more comfortable. (and not too OT)

Suppose I dump out all of the SRPM packages and do a global find and
search to change the characters "RedHat" to "Paul". What else would I
have to do?

Which of the RPM files in RH6 have "proprietary" software in them?
Those cannot be re-distributed as is? I figure there must be
something, because I installed the test version of SL6 back in January
and it locked up in disk recognition, whereas RH6 did not. So the Rhel
6 folks know some secrets stuff.

So, obviously, to create Centos 6, oops, Paul Linux 6, I have to
isolate the non-GPL software and then replace it with something
workable.

After that, what am I legally required to do? As far as all of the
other RPM packages are concerned, couldn't they be redistributed
exactly as they are, without any modification at all? In Centos-devel,
it appears to me most of the discussion is about "re-branding", going
through the packages and changing "RedHat" to "Centos" and swapping
out icons.

Is that legally necessary? In my memory, there was a Linux distro
called Mandrake and it was exactly the same as RH for i386, except
they re-compiled with gcc options for i686. I recall that in many of
the RPM packages in Mandrake, they did not bother to replace "RedHat"
with some other name.


PJ
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"R - elists" 04-29-2011 04:42 PM

I have RHel6. How does that turn into Centos 6?
 
call redhat legal and/or please take this up with your own "paul" legal
counsel

this is not the place

- rh

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Johnny Hughes 04-29-2011 04:43 PM

I have RHel6. How does that turn into Centos 6?
 
On 04/29/2011 11:17 AM, Paul Johnson wrote:
> The bickering here about Centos 6 has made me wonder what is actually
> legally necessary to re-distribute the RPM files that come with RHel6.
>
> I am not starting a flame ware, I hope. I'm just curious about what
> is minimally necessary go from RHel6 to another distribution. I
> suppose we could discuss "Paul Linux 6" instead of Centos, if that
> makes you feel more comfortable. (and not too OT)
>
> Suppose I dump out all of the SRPM packages and do a global find and
> search to change the characters "RedHat" to "Paul". What else would I
> have to do?
>
> Which of the RPM files in RH6 have "proprietary" software in them?
> Those cannot be re-distributed as is? I figure there must be
> something, because I installed the test version of SL6 back in January
> and it locked up in disk recognition, whereas RH6 did not. So the Rhel
> 6 folks know some secrets stuff.
>
> So, obviously, to create Centos 6, oops, Paul Linux 6, I have to
> isolate the non-GPL software and then replace it with something
> workable.
>
> After that, what am I legally required to do? As far as all of the
> other RPM packages are concerned, couldn't they be redistributed
> exactly as they are, without any modification at all? In Centos-devel,
> it appears to me most of the discussion is about "re-branding", going
> through the packages and changing "RedHat" to "Centos" and swapping
> out icons.
>
> Is that legally necessary? In my memory, there was a Linux distro
> called Mandrake and it was exactly the same as RH for i386, except
> they re-compiled with gcc options for i686. I recall that in many of
> the RPM packages in Mandrake, they did not bother to replace "RedHat"
> with some other name.

This is not the PAUL Linux mailing list. It is the CentOS mailing list.

The CentOS project will not redistribute files signed by Red Hat, and we
will not sign files that we do not create. Simple as that.

You also must make a "good faith effort" to not distribute any branding
that makes your version of Linux tell people that it is Red Hat Linux or
Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

That "good faith effort" is required for all packages (GPL or not).

And yes, it is legally necessary make that good faith effort not to
infringe upon someone else's trademarks.

This is specifically called out here:
http://www.redhat.com/about/companyprofile/trademark/

This PDF file tells you in great detail what you need to do:

http://www.redhat.com/f/pdf/corp/RH-3573_284204_TM_Gd.pdf





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