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why are they selling knoppix & morphix (?) as a packaged pair? isnt it illegal under the GPL or maker license thingy? i dont think it is under the gpl ...
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    why is Dick Smith Electronics (DSE) selling knoppix?


    why are they selling knoppix & morphix (?) as a packaged pair?

    isnt it illegal under the GPL or maker license thingy? i dont think it is under the gpl because of the classification of "free". just my brain going crazy.

    i just saw it today and thought that i might report it.


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    iirc (but might well be wrong) the GPL doesn't stop you selling things for money which are under the GPL, since things like Redhat are sold for money and they contain GPL'd software.
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    Also, if you look, suse, redhat, novell, mandriva and others sell their distro, not to mention all the online Linux CD sites

    It's OK, iirc, as long as it was not for more than the cd was to make or something like that iirc.

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    It's fine

    You can sell GPL software for as much or as little as you want, as long as you make the source available and keep the GPL on it.

    Onlinebacon's reference to charging no more than the cost of the CD comes from the fact that if you charge too much, someone will undercut you. So the price will tend towards the cost of manufacture and distribution.

    For example: http://www.cheeplinux.com/ will happily sell me slackware for 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinebacon
    It's OK, iirc, as long as it was not for more than the cd was to make or something like that iirc.
    I think that's more to do with making copies of things such as official suse CD's...that is, you are not allowed to sell them for a profit.
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    Ahah, that is where I heard it, thanks dylunio

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