The State of RH in 2002: It was Bad?

Ed Griffin edg at ll.mit.edu
Thu Jan 2 21:41:00 CST 2003


In response to this email, this is a quote direct from
http://www.dell.com/us/en/esg/topics/linux_002_products.htm

"The software contained in the Dell PowerEdge Web Servers is an 
aggregate of third party programs as well as Dell programs. Use of the 
software is subject to designated license terms.

All Software that is designated as "under the terms of the GNU GPL" may 
be copied, distributed and/or modified in accordance with the terms and 
conditions of the GNU General Public License, Version 2, June 1991.

All software that is designated as "under the terms of the GNU LGPL" (or 
"Lesser GPL") may be copied, distributed and/or modified in accordance 
with the terms and conditions of the GNU Lesser General Public License, 
Version 2.1, February 1999.

Under these GNU licenses, you are also entitled to obtain the 
corresponding source files by contacting Dell at 1-800-WWW-DELL.

Please refer to the appropriate SKU when making such request. There may 
be a nominal fee charged to you for the physical act of transferring a 
copy."


Seems to me if you want the source for the open source, Dell is willing 
to supply it just at a marginal cost for the media.  It also seems that 
some of the software doesn't fall under GPL license which explains why 
they don't just supply the code arbitrarily.  Just because Linux is open 
  source and Redhat is a Linux distribution, and Dell bases the PowerApp 
Web Server 3.x on Redhat that everything that is included is open 
source.  Many Linux based products aren't open source.  I have no 
problem with paying for something if it contains something value added.

--Ed




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