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Re: YAST License, is redistribution permitted?

Hi Marcello,

On Tuesday 12 November 2002 10:06, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
>  I'm seeking the opinion of -legal regarding an issue I've
> been discussing on another mailing list.  It pertains the YAST
> license as found in:
>           ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/8.1/COPYRIGHT.yast

This license made me install Debian.

>  The point of contention is whether or not redistribution of
> SuSE Linux CDs is permitted by this license.  My reading of
> the above is as follows: this bit stablishes two modes of
> redistribution, for charge and free of charge.  If you want to
> redistribute the program for charge, you have to get
> permission from SuSE Linux.  If you want to redistribute the
> software free of charge, you have two options: FTP servers or
> "mailboxes".  Any other option is forbidden. 

That's how I understand it, too. 

OTOH, the GNU website only mentions that distribution for a fee 
is prohibited:

>  [ the "mailboxes" thing is something that isn't clear to me
> either. The original in German says "Mailboxen" IIRC, which
> according to the dictionary sitting near my desk is not a
> German word.  They _might_ mean AOL-style distribution. ]

"Mailbox" used to be a common German term for a BBS.


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