Is there a list of proprietary (i.e. non-GPL) components that are distributed with openSUSE? Am I also right in thinking that if I were to create a fork of openSUSE, that I would have to apply for redistribution rights for each of these components?
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My first guess would be anything you get prompted to accept an agreement
about during the install should be a red flag… Adobe Reader,
NVidia/ATI drivers… not sure what else would be in there.
If you want to fork SUSE (seriously? or just have a one-time build of
your own based on SUSE?) for redistribution I’m sure you’d need to talk
to each of those vendors for permission like Novell has probably also
done. Are there specific needs you need addressed that could make this
simpler? For my own purposes I sometimes like to have my own perfect
install done with certain packages included and others omitted but can
just use AutoYast to build a new box in ten minutes without the ability
to take advantage of Novell’s work regarding new versions, updates to
current versions, licensing issues like you’ve mentioned, etc. Being
able to create a whole lab in twenty minutes with identical
configurations is just too nice with this set of features.
> Is there a list of proprietary (i.e. non-GPL) components that are
> distributed with openSUSE? Am I also right in thinking that if I were to
> create a fork of openSUSE, that I would have to apply for redistribution
> rights for each of these components?
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Just to be clear; there are lots of free and open source non-GPL components in any distribution because the GPL is only one of many free and open source licences.
By implication anything in the SUSE non-OSS repository is proprietary to some degree.
And, by implication, you can already have an OSS or a non-OSS distribution of openSUSE.
So, as ab says, you can already mix and match from within the openSUSE distribution without needing to set up a fork.