Fuzzy Logic wrote: > > > While I'm no lawyer, the GPL says that the kernel is free. However, > section 1 of the GPL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html) reads: > > >>You may charge a fee for the physical act of transferring a copy, and >>you may at your option offer warranty protection in exchange for a fee. The free that the GPL refers to does not mean no money though ultimately that's what the result is. The free is more related to freedom. No one may claim ownership and thus restrict the transfer and development of free software. The GPL, I think, says that if you use GPLed code in a program that you write, you may not then claim ownership of the program but must keep it open/free for others to tinker with. Fuzzy, you probably know more about this. > > So, SuSE is quite within their rights to charge for making you a copy. As are companies like CheapBytes and other resellers. > > Working with a company where part of my job is working on proprietary > cryptographic code, and the other part is working on an open-sourced Linux > device driver for the same cryptographic device, I have to say that the > line between the two has to be kept very clear, and from that, I wanted to > note that while the Linux kernel IS GPLed, work utilizing it (such as > OpenOffice) is not necessarily. But OpenOffice IS GPLed and LGPLed. It has nothing to do with the Linux kernel. It runs on GNU Linux, Windows, Mac, and others. It can be downloaded for free like other open source stuff. The only distro I believe that tries to completely comply with the open source philosophy (whether or not they're successful) is Debian. Also, more trivia: Linux is perhaps more correctly called GNU Linux. The operating system is GNU with Linux as its kernel. Richard Stallman was at he head of GNU, while Linus Torvalds was at the head of Linux. > > So, to answer your last question: there is not, and cannot, be a > closed-source version of the Linux kernel as that would violate the GPL. And Richard Stallman being force behind the Free Software Foundation insists that GNU remain free open source. All interesting stuff. -- d For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.