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Re: Juridical problems

On Sun, Sep 13, 1998 at 02:14:26PM -0400, Roger Dingledine wrote:
> In message <19980913102909.4339.qmail@sidney.remcomp.fr>, jfm2@club-internet.fr writes:
> >
> >When hacking the install I stumbled upon the string
> >"Copyright by Red Hat Software".
> >
> >I am not sure we can replace it simply by "Project Independence"
> >because 
> >
> [...]
> >"Independence Gnu/Linux"
> That will make rms very unhappy indeed: the goal of gnu/linux is to
> create a complete operating environment based entirely on free software.
> Redhat (and thus Independence) is very far from that, and not
> working very hard in that direction. Which is ok -- it's not your
> primary goal.

I thought that the opposite was true: Red Hat strives at making its
system as much GPL as possible. That would explain their war against

> On another note, are you allowed to simply replace somebody else's
> copyright with your own when you start distributing their material
> (even modified)? That seems fishy. :)

Gael Duval, the maker of Mandrake Linux which is basically RH 5.1 + KDE 1.0, 
had some trouble with Red Hat regarding this issue. The best way is to
ask Red Hat.



Stéfane Fermigier, MdC à l'Université Paris 7. Tel: (Bureau).
<www.math.jussieu.fr/~fermigie/>, <www.aful.org>, <www.linux-center.org>. 
"Number theorists are like lotus-eaters -- having once tasted of this 
food they can never give it up." Leopold Kronecker.