Quoting Laur Ivan (laur.ivan at corvil.com):
> I understand from threads:
>http://lists.suse.com/archive/suse-linux-e/2005-Apr/1292.html>http://lists.suse.com/archive/suse-linux-e/2005-Apr/1495.html>> that there should be no prob in distributing the CDs as long as "money
> don't change hands".
That's (1) out of date language, and (2) didn't ever concern _all_ of
the CDs' contents, in any event:
This language was in older SUSE boxed sets and downloadable ISOs, and
concerned the licence to the then-current version of YaST/YaST2, which
software was/is property of SUSE Linux AG. More recently, Novell/SUSE
has issued newer releases of YaST/YaST2 under GPLv2.
Any edition of SUSE always consists of a great many more packages than
just YaST/YaST2. Each licence has its own copyright owner -- ownership
being diverse, as with any other Linux distribution -- and licensing
terms specified by the copyright owner, sometimes as part of a business
arrangement specifically with Novell/SUSE, sometimes not.
Certain of the editions, notably Professional Edition, have always
included at least a few proprietary packages whose copyright owners have
_not_ issued for them permission for the public to redistribute the
software. As of SUSE 9.1, those were (at minimum):
Opera Web browser
Real Networks RealPlayer8
Last September, I unpacked the SUSE 9.1 Professional Edition RPMs of all
of those packages, and verified from direct inspection that the
software in question may _not_ be lawfully redistributed. Please see:
It's possible that SUSE 9.3 Professional Edition omits all such
packages, but I doubt it _very_ much.
The history of these online discussions traditionally features people
citing basically irrelevant licence statements (e.g., collective work /
compilation copyright statements from Novell/SUSE, which obviously
cannot apply to components that firm doesn't own copyright on, and
misinformed assertions from SUSE sales staff). I notice that this
renewed thread is following suit.
If someone has SUSE 9.3 Professional Edition, and can cite licence terms
of the above-referenced packages or their successors, then _that_ might
actually be relevant. (There might be other non-redistributable
packages inside Professional Edition, but those are the four I spotted.)
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