Linux

Why do we offer Linux on our website ?

Linux is released as Free Open Source Software, or FOSS for short, you can download an ISO, burn it, install it on your computer and then give the same disc to a friend and let them install the OS on their machines.

A lot of software programs and OS are closed source software and are copyright(ed), which means you buy it for yourself, you cant modify or distribute. Microsoft and Apple offer closed source software, one license for one person.

BUT... With Linux you are given the right to have, modify and re-distribute, the GNU GPL gives you these rights and freedoms.

So if Linux is free, why are we charging ?

The GPL also allows you the right to charge or not to charge.

We can charge what ever we want for burning the iso to a disc and sending it to you. But we only charge you, the end user, for the blank disc, a small fee for downloading and burning, and then for the postage for sending it to you.

Here are some useful links so you can see for yourself.

Distrowatch

GNU GPL License
https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.en.html
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_General_Public_License

Here is the basics to the GPL.

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is a computer software copyleft license. This license lets the user of the software use a program in many of the same ways as if it were public domain. They can use it, change it, and copy it. They can also sell or give away copies of the program with or without any changes they made to it. The license lets them do this as long as they agree to follow the terms of the license. The GPL was created by Richard Stallman. The current version is version 3, created in 2007, although some software still uses version 2, created in 1991.

There are two main terms to the license. Both apply to giving the program away or selling it.

  1.  A copy of the source code or written instructions about how to get a copy must be included with the software. If the software is able to be downloaded from the internet, the source code must also be available for downloading.
     
  2. The license of the software can not be changed or removed. It must always use the GPL.

If the user does not agree to follow the GPL, they can still use the software under copyright laws. They can use it and make copies or changes to it for themselves, but they cannot give it away or sell it. They also can not change the license.