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Old 05-28-2007, 07:36 AM   #1
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Default If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

Right thanks for reading, if i redesign a Linux distribution i.e change flash screen, colours, etc. will it become a separate distribution that i could then offer to the public?
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

linux is open source anyway so if it did become a new distribution or not i dont think it would matter. if you changed some colours and stuff and also changed the name then i think it could be classed as a separate distribution
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

Well not sure but isn't that breaching copyright laws?
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thanks for the help i don't think it is copyright because Linux is open source and is registered under gpl
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thanks for the help i don't think it is copyright because Linux is open source and is registered under gpl
yea, i thought the whole point of open source was to be able to edit and redistribute freely
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oh then my bad :P
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

It's open source so sort of, but the original programming is still intact and not changed, so it will be the same distro. E.g, people change the look of Windows all the time, but they can't sell that on can they lol
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but Windows isn't open source where Linux is meaning any changes that i make makes it different from the original mawing a separate distro
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You could practically use Ubuntu OS, replace the Icons and Ubuntu stuff with yours and call it yours. With the Windows kernel, you're probably getting sued.
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You could practically use Ubuntu OS, replace the Icons and Ubuntu stuff with yours and call it yours. With the Windows kernel, you're probably getting sued.
thats sort of what I'm talking about but i will be changing a lot more of the features. but if i did do what you suggested would it be ok for me to make it public?
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