Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Linux is the perfect gift.

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Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Anonymous's picture

Am I wrong, or SuSE and RedHat are not really free? I think one cannot copy and distribute SuSE (except the stripped down version) and RedHat (except the Download Edition) unless one plans cropping the CDs oneself ..

I just hope I am wrong ...

Happy Slack'xmas and Debian'xmax, and maybe some other distributions I don't know of ...

Emil Perhinschi

Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

FreeThinkerAtLarge's picture

Hello Emil,

In answer to your question regarding the legitimacy of distributing SuSE ISOs, I would refer you to the following document. Before I do that, however, let me point out that the big non-GPLed component of SuSE is YaST2 and this is where you need to start looking.

http://www.suse.com/us/private/support/licenses/yast.html

Specifically, have a look at the paragraph that reads as follows . . .

" Only this licence gives the Licensee the right to use reproduce, to distribute or to amend YaST or works derived from it. These actions are forbidden by the copyright act, if this licence is not recognised. If this licence is recognised and complied with in full, it is also valid even without the written consent of the Licensee. "

A little further down you will find this.

"#

All programmes derived from YaST, and all works derived thereof as a whole or parts thereof may only be disseminated with the amended sources and this licence in accordance with 2b). Making YaST or works derived thereof available free of charge together with SuSE Linux on FTP Servers and mailboxes is permitted if the licences on the software are observed."

You should read the whole license and (as they say), I am not a lawyer, but SuSE's proprietory YaST2 does not stop you from redistributing SuSE Linux, provided you include all necessary license documents (which you would, if you distributed the ISOs). It does, however, stop you from asking for money without prior consent of SuSE.

Hope that helps. Take care out there.

-- Marcel (Writer and Free Thinker at Large) Gagn

Gentoo Unreal Tournament 2003 LiveCD

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Gentoo Linux has a LiveCD which will not only let you try out Linux, but also play Unreal Tournament 2003 (demo) as well as install Gentoo Linux.

(Installing Gentoo Linux is not for the faint of heart, though. It's not that it's especially difficult with a bit of Linux experience, it just takes a *looong* time.)

More info on the UT2003 LiveCD here

Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Anonymous's picture

Bravo, Marcel!

As a long time SuSE user I have already "shared the joy" with several people over the last few weeks. I think the LiveEval and other CD based distributions, like Knoppix, a great intro to Linux.

For those who would like to install SuSE without buying the box you can do it with an ftp installation. (Requires a fast internet connection, but so does downloading 650Mb ISOs.) The instructions on how to do this, and I believe using the LiveEval to start the process can be found on SuSE's website in the Download SuSE Linux section.

Jack Ungerleider

jack@jacku.com

Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Anonymous's picture

Merry tuXmas and a Happy Gnu Year. :)

SuSE live CD is good...Knoppix is easier

Anonymous's picture

Knoppix requires no configuration for most computers. Because of that, I feel confident in giving it out to everyone I know. I'm even giving it to my young nieces (along with an even easier Frozen Bubble boot CD).

http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

Re: SuSE live CD is good...Knoppix is easier

Anonymous's picture

Great minds think alike...

I've already burned several Knoppix CDs to be used as "stocking stuffers" for my family, and I'll also be giving one to all of my tech-minded friends.

Knoppix is great for planting the Linux seed in people. I've given out several copies already (while showing people what it looks like when booting on my laptop). They have all been VERY impressed, and many have already started asking me for more info about Linux and all of its wonders.

Re: SuSE live CD is good...Knoppix is easier

Anonymous's picture

There's a Frozen Bubble boot CD?!? Where can I get such a thing?

Re: SuSE live CD is good...Knoppix is easier

Anonymous's picture

Too bad SuSe don't offer free ISOS...I understand they need to make a living but Red Hat seems to be doing well. Oh well the LiveEval cd is still a really cool idea actually even better for newbies (hint:new people who don't want to parition their drive). Oh and I just LOVE Frozen Bubble!! I just think that is the coolest game. It comes preinstalled and its just so fun to play! Merry Christmas everyone.

Steven

sbarn03@linuxmail.org

Re: SuSE live CD is good...Knoppix is easier

FreeThinkerAtLarge's picture

Hm . . .

Funny you should mention that. Stay tuned for the next installment .

-- Marcel

Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Anonymous's picture

Marcel, Another wonderful Idea.

Merry Tuxmas and a Happy New Year!

Rich

LIVE CDs articles

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Many LIVE distros resources can be found with a lot of screenshots and short howtos here

http://www.linuxzone.cz/index.phtml?ids=3

Pandor

Re: Santa Tux's Corner: The Gift of Linux, Part 1

Anonymous's picture

Thats Merry Tuxmas and a Happy GNU Year!

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