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I was watching futurama and suddenly i wondered: How come a distro can be based on another distro and this one is based on another distro an so and so ...
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    Wink [SOLVED] x based on y based on z


    I was watching futurama and suddenly i wondered:
    How come a distro can be based on another distro and this one is based on another distro an so and so an so.

    Anyone can explain?

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    Open source and the GPL

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    That was a bit terse...

    If I like Debian (for example) I can install it for free - speech and beer. I can then customise it to my liking. Then, thanks to the GPL, I can re-package that as my own distro. I can, if I want to, compile my own Linux From Scratch and then release that. The true beauty is that, again thanks to the GPL, somebody else can base their distro on mine. And so on.

    Most of the distros available today truly are standing on the shoulders of giants
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