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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GPL violation?
by Joe User on Fri 27th Oct 2006 20:20 UTC
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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:

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RE: GPL violation?
by elsewhere on Fri 27th Oct 2006 20:36 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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RE[2]: GPL violation?
by hughesjr on Sun 29th Oct 2006 00:56 in reply to "RE: GPL violation?"
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First off, there SRPMS are available from the same place as their 4 binary CDs .. so they are making their source available.

If they make the Binaries available for free download (which they have), then they must also do the same for the SRPMS (which they also have).

You are also wrong about Red Hat ... there enterprise source is available on this public server:

(with updates here)

Also, I would like to point out that Oracle used several CentOS SRPMS (at least up2date and redhat-artwork).

After I compare all the SRPMS, I will know if they used any others from CentOS.

(Nothing wrong w/ that ... but I wish they would give CentOS some credit too if they are going to use our SRPMS).

Johnny Hughes
CentOS-4 Lead Developer

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RE: GPL violation?
by pepa on Sat 28th Oct 2006 22:24 in reply to "GPL violation?"
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You basically provide an email address, and immediately proceed to the download area. There you can download CDs with source code.

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