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Fedora on a few Thousand Devices????

asked 2015-07-20 12:11:20 -0500

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I am looking to use your Linux distribution on a few thousand IoT devices (examples: Galileo, Edison, Minnowboard, Raspberry Pi2, etc.) in order to ship a product/kit. Are there any guidelines relating license, legal or financial obligation I need to fulfill in order to redistributed your Linux distro as a part of the product?


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answered 2015-07-20 12:36:57 -0500

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See for the license agreement for the distribution as a whole, and for info about individual packages.

Your largest obligation will be to comply with the requirements of the GPL, namely, to allow users to obtain the source code (typically, via a web download), and enable them to install their own (potentially changed) software on the devices.

There are also restrictions upon the use of certain trademarked names and logos, notably “Fedora” and “Mozilla Firefox,” mostly if you want to use those terms in advertising, or if you want to distribute modified versions.

If you need more advice, you should contact the Legal team at

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Getting the source code wouldn't be an issue, because the source rpm files are available in all the standard Fedora repos. That part's disabled by default, but anybody who knows how to use them either knows how to enable them or at least, how to find out how it's done. (Probably putting a README.TXT file into /etc/yum.repos.d with instructions would be enough.)

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2015-07-20 13:41:56 -0500 )edit

Assuming that some (infrastructure, kernel, …) packages will need alterations, the altered versions' sources would need to be shared, also. Amazingly, some folks don't realize that, or the “advertising clause” that says you have to tell people their right.

BRPocock gravatar imageBRPocock ( 2015-07-20 14:05:49 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-07-20 12:40:06 -0500

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