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    If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

    Right thanks for reading, if i redesign a Linux distribution i.e change splash screen, colours, change the apps that come with it, change the name etc. will it become a separate distribution that i could then offer to the public?

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    Just Joined! Smither's Avatar
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    You can fork a linux distribution pretty much as please.

    Some distro's artwork isn't gpled (fedora I think? ) so all that needs to be removed if you plan to distribute it. Just make sure you don't violate any licences and you can call it whatever you like.

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    so i could change some of its colours and features and it would be my own distribution?

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    Linux Guru Juan Pablo's Avatar
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    There's no definition for distro, but changing everything like themes, wallpapers, default installed programs will create a fork you can redistribute.
    Just don't redistribute copyrighted stuff, everything else is covered by the GPL

    You can read it like this

    man gpl
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    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
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    You can change it however you please, but changing the default wallpaper and splash screen hardly justifies a whole new distro.

    Distro's tend to be judged by their package management, and default installed programs, or by some "cool new thing" that they bring to linux -- not by the artwork.

    But (as far as I know) the GPL gives you the freedom to do this, as long as you abide by certain conditions.
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