[K12OSN] New to K12Linux, Question

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sun May 24 14:32:47 UTC 2009

That's not true.  Linux (the kernel) itself has "external" copyright 
holders, including Linus Torvalds, Andrew Morton, etc.  Neither of these 
folks work for Red Hat.  Linux is, in fact, under hundreds, maybe 
thousands of such "external" copyrights.

The list goes on:

- X11, copyright by X.org Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of 
- GNOME, copyright by many people
- BASH, awk, grep, sed, GCC, and so on; copyright by the FSF
- OpenSSH, copyright by Tatu Ylonen and the OpenBSD development team
- The TCP/IP networking stack, copyright by the Regents of the 
University of California at Berkeley
- TuxPaint, copyright by Bill Kendrick
- LTSP, copyright by Jim McQuillan (and, I'm sure, others)

Get the idea?  :-)

The Free Software licenses for these software packages (usually GPL or 
LGPL, also often BSD-style) are what give us the freedom to distribute 
this software as much as we want.  That's why these licenses are chosen.

I suspect that the reason OpenOffice.org isn't on there is simply 
because it's H-U-G-E.  After all, it's been on every DVD of K12LTSP 
since version 3.0.0, including the still-current K12LTSP 5.0EL.  
OpenOffice.org is under the LGPL.


Leo Willems wrote:
> Hello Murrah,
> as I understand the distribution policy, all software that has
> external copyright holders like
> OpenOffice (Sun), Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash (Adobe) and other
> 'free' software of this kind of copyright are excluded in the
> distribution. Only true 'free' open source software is included.
> You need to download and install this third party software yourself.
> By doing that you agree as individual or organization to the license
> agreements coming with that software individually.
> Thanks
> Leo
> On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM, murrah boswell
> <otrcomm at isp-systems.net> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I am new to K12Linux and download the Live CD. I thought OpenOffice was part
>> of the distribution for the Live CD, but all I find is AbiWord. Have I
>> missed something or is OpenOffice part of the full distribution?
>> Thanks,
>> Murrah Boswell
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