Linux Mint License Agreement

Linux Mint License Agreement

Canonical has added a new clause to its IP policy, which brings it into line with the GNU GPL components used in Ubuntu. The new “2nd relationship with other licenses” clause states that FsF indicates the “brand issues” surrounding Ubuntu, that Canonical`s “liberal” trademark policy authorizes the use of its trademarks and patents by Community projects and “should not interfere in the exercise of copyleft rights for works within Ubuntu.” Ubuntu is under a mix of licenses, each package has a pure file copy in /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE/copyright, z.B. /usr/share/doc/gnome-panel/copyright All main-universe packages are free software and can be modified and distributed – limited multiverse packages are covered by other licenses that may not allow it. According to this link, Ubuntu is a collection of a number of computer programs and each of them may be subject to another license. Ubuntu contains copyrighted and licensed works that are not application software. Ubuntu`s standard installation includes documentation, images, sounds, video clips and firmware. The Ubuntu community will make case-by-case decisions regarding the inclusion of these works to ensure that these works do not limit our ability to provide Ubuntu for free and that you can continue to distribute Ubuntu. Linux Mint does not support a political or ideological attitude against software or publishers, regardless of their license. With that said, most, if not all (depending on output) software used in Linux Mint is free and open source. We believe in open source as a choice, not a restriction.

We think it`s useful to share the code, to appreciate the technology we`ve used, to let people help us, to allow others to build on what we`re doing and to make progress in general. We are also happy to share with the community, so we license our software under the GPL and the vast majority of the components we use are free and open source. Individuals, groups or industries should not be discriminated against. The software license contained in Ubuntu cannot discriminate against anyone or group of users and cannot prevent users from using the software for a particular field – a company for example. Therefore, we will not distribute “free” software for non-commercial use. “At this point, we agree that one of the keys to Ubuntu`s success is to provide all our users with a well-designed, reliable and enjoyable experience, whether they use Ubuntu on a desktop, phone or cloud.

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