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Old 05-28-2007, 06:36 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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Old 05-28-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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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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Old 05-28-2007, 07:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

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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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

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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Old 05-28-2007, 10:37 AM   #9
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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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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

I Suppose so,But i wouldnt even bother....If you Version of linux just looks differnt to another but has the same features....i would download the original lol
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

he said he wants to change the features aswell. id personally go for it but if you are really worried that its not allowed then get onto the ubuntu site and contact them
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Default Re: If i redesign the look of Linux will it become a separate distribution?

yes you can. It's open source so it means that you can and are allowed to edit anything you want to. Also releasing it to other people shouldn't cause any problems, since there are no copyrights. (at least I don't think there is)

But as already said it would probably be best to contact people behind the distro you are going to build your own distro on top of. And also you might want to ask them if they want you to mention that you used some of their stuff in the distro. (not that it would matter so much, but I believe they deserve some credit since they designed the thing you have based you distro on)
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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?
Well this is tricky. If you use a different GUI from standard such as blackbox, fluxbox as the GUI vs gnomer or kde it doesn't change the distro. It's still the original distro running different software. Also tweaking / configuring or modding it or just changing the general appearance from default wouldn't be making your own distro. You technically could call it yours though.

If you change something like the kernel or anything standard with the distro, you technically could say it's a "new" distro or different distro, or you could simply call it that distro with a different kernel or modded.

For example you could take a shoe and color it red and call it your work (most of the work was already done for you but it's still your work) and call it "The Red Shoe" or a pair of Nikes colored red. Or you could use different shoe strings that stay tied better or that aren't as stiff. It's really up to you if you decide it's a new distro or not.

It's personally up to you to decide, but I'd just say it's a shoe, like I'd say it's linux.
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I could not of said it better myself!
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