Quoting John P. Looney (valen at tuatha.org):
> The RPMS are. The distribution as a whole work is copyright of SuSE.
I've not seen any claim from SuSE of copyright over the distribution
as a whole. (That would be a "compilation copyright", to use the legal
term.) But they definitely assert (and in fact own) copyright over
YaST, YaST2, and the associated installer program.
So, if one wanted to distribute a version of SuSE free of encumbrances
from SuSE Linux AG, one would merely have to write a replacement
installer and do without YaST/YaST2 (and probably a few other things
they wrote). A Simple Matter of Programming.
Cheers, "That article and its poster have been cancelled."
Rick Moen -- David B. O'Donnel, sysadmin for America Online
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