Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Sun Jul 20 20:48:10 UTC 2008

Anders Karlsson wrote:
> So works licenced under the GPL can not be used to create derivative
> works if the resulting work is not also under the GPL, even if the GPL
> licenced part was the substantially smaller contributor to the whole?

This is correct and by design. FSF explains the general idea behind this at


If you like even simpler terminology, Creative Commons has a explanation


Creative Commons Attribute Share Alike is similar to GPL but for content



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