Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Oct 2006 18:47 UTC, submitted by tux68
Databases Red Hat has officially responded to Oracle's 'Unbreakable Linux' move. "The opportunity for Linux just got bigger. Oracle's support for Linux reaffirms Red Hat's technical industry leadership and the end of proprietary Unix. It's no accident that Red Hat was chosen #1 in value two years running. Want to know what else we think? Read on." This article has more reactions.
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RE: GPL violation?
by elsewhere on Fri 27th Oct 2006 20:36 UTC in reply to "GPL violation?"
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It seems they don't provide source code and that you need to provide your information to use their RH copycat:

To comply with the GPL, they only need to make the source code available to anyone they distribute the GPL'd binaries to, and there's nothing preventing them from restricting who they provide those binaries to.

However, there's nothing to prevent one of their customer from requesting the source and distributing it freely to anyone they want, which I imagine will happen. The Oracle trademarks (if any) would just have to be removed, the same way Oracle (and Centos) has to remove Red Hat's.

Nothing too unusual here, neither Red Hat nor Novell, for instance, make sources and binaries generally available or easily accessible on a public website for their commercial products.

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