Given the difficulty of getting Centos 6 released - maybe this is not the
correct group to ask. Just saying.
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Of Paul Johnson
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:17 PM
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Subject: [CentOS] 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.
Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas
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