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Finnix is [http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html Free software], licensed under the [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GNU General Public License].  For a less formal discussion about how Finnix manages software licensing, see [http://blog.finnix.org/2011/08/21/finnix-and-gpl-compliance/ this blog post] from 2011.
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Finnix is free software, and contains many programs distributed under a variety of open source licenses.
  
==The Distribution Itself==
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==Finnix==
What does it mean for Finnix itself to be released under the GPL?  While Finnix is comprised of Free software (some GPL, some with other Free licenses), all of the "glue" that makes Finnix what it is is released under the GPL.  The scripts, initrd, kernel configs, directory structure, etc, etc.  Individual code files should have copyright declarations at the top with more information.
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All of the software written specifically to assemble and run Finnix are released under open source licenses, primarily [https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/MPL/2.0/ Mozilla Public License 2.0] as of 2021.  Individual code files should have copyright declarations at the top with more information.
  
 
==Debian==
 
==Debian==
Finnix is based on [http://www.debian.org/ Debian Linux].  All packages included from Debian are Free according to the terms of the [http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines Debian Free Software Guidelines].
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Finnix is based on [http://www.debian.org/ Debian Linux].  All packages included from Debian are Free according to the terms of the [https://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines Debian Free Software Guidelines].
  
==GPL Source Distribution Compliance==
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==Source distribution==
 
===Finnix===
 
===Finnix===
The source to all packages developed by Finnix, or Debian packages modified by Finnix when needed, are available at [http://archive.finnix.org/ http://archive.finnix.org/] as of Finnix 105, and [http://packages.finnix.org/ http://packages.finnix.org/] for previous versions.
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The source to all packages developed by Finnix, or Debian packages modified by Finnix when needed, are available at the following locations:
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* [https://github.com/finnix Finnix GitHub organization] (most current development)
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* [http://archive.finnix.org/ http://archive.finnix.org/] (Finnix 105 through 111)
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* [http://packages.finnix.org/ http://packages.finnix.org/] (Before Finnix 105)
  
 
===Debian===
 
===Debian===
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If a specific version to a package no longer appears on the Debian mirrors, then it has been moved to [http://snapshot.debian.net/ http://snapshot.debian.net/].
 
If a specific version to a package no longer appears on the Debian mirrors, then it has been moved to [http://snapshot.debian.net/ http://snapshot.debian.net/].
  
===Other===
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===Historical release sources===
Currently, all packages within Finnix are either from Debian, or included in the Finnix packages archive.  If this ever changes in the future, this area will be updated with where to download the appropriate source.  If you have a question regarding where to find the source of a particular piece of software included with Finnix, please ask on [http://lists.colobox.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/finnix the mailing list].
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Complete sources for all Finnix releases are [https://archive.org/details/finnix archived online at archive.org], from release 0.03 in 2000 through current.  If you cannot download full release sources, these can be made available for anyone who requests them, in CD format, via postal mail, for a nominal charge.  If you only require one or two source packages, Finnix can work with you to send a copy of individual packages electronically.
 
 
Sources for all software not contained in the compressed root filesystem (Linux kernels, Busybox initrds, etc) are in the neale-* packages within the Finnix packages archive.
 
 
 
===Section 3(b) Compliance===
 
Most of the software distributed with Finnix is taken directly from upstream Debian packages, and is not modified or recompiled by Finnix. Software that is modified or recompiled by Finnix will have a version number with a "finnix" tag added, and will be available at http://archive.finnix.org/.  If you require or desire the sources for unmodified Debian upstream packages, retrieving them from Debian is the simplest solution to all parties.
 
 
 
However, Finnix complies with section 3(b) of the GNU General Public License version 2:
 
: ''Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange''
 
 
 
Complete sources for all Finnix releases are archived and will be made available for anyone who requests them, in CD format, via postal mail, for a nominal charge.  If you only require one or two source packages, Finnix can work with you to send a copy of individual packages electronically.
 
  
 
==Trademark==
 
==Trademark==
While the Finnix software itself is governed by copyright and released under the GPL, the Finnix name and mark itself is a registered trademark of Ryan Finnie.  You may use the Finnix logo to discuss/promote Finnix, as long as you comply with the [[Finnix Images#Logo Display Guidelines|Logo Display Guidelines]].
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While the Finnix software itself is governed by copyright via open source licenses, the Finnix name and mark itself is a registered trademark of Ryan Finnie and assigned to Velociraptor Aerospace Dynamics, a Nevada limited liability company.  You may use the Finnix logo to discuss/promote Finnix, as long as you comply with the [[Finnix Images#Logo Display Guidelines|Logo Display Guidelines]].
  
 
==Web Site==
 
==Web Site==

Latest revision as of 19:46, 25 March 2021

Finnix is free software, and contains many programs distributed under a variety of open source licenses.

Finnix

All of the software written specifically to assemble and run Finnix are released under open source licenses, primarily Mozilla Public License 2.0 as of 2021. Individual code files should have copyright declarations at the top with more information.

Debian

Finnix is based on Debian Linux. All packages included from Debian are Free according to the terms of the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

Source distribution

Finnix

The source to all packages developed by Finnix, or Debian packages modified by Finnix when needed, are available at the following locations:

Debian

All Debian packages' sources are available via the Debian mirrors. To easily download the source to a particular package, go to http://packages.debian.org/package, where package is the name of the package you wish to download.

If a specific version to a package no longer appears on the Debian mirrors, then it has been moved to http://snapshot.debian.net/.

Historical release sources

Complete sources for all Finnix releases are archived online at archive.org, from release 0.03 in 2000 through current. If you cannot download full release sources, these can be made available for anyone who requests them, in CD format, via postal mail, for a nominal charge. If you only require one or two source packages, Finnix can work with you to send a copy of individual packages electronically.

Trademark

While the Finnix software itself is governed by copyright via open source licenses, the Finnix name and mark itself is a registered trademark of Ryan Finnie and assigned to Velociraptor Aerospace Dynamics, a Nevada limited liability company. You may use the Finnix logo to discuss/promote Finnix, as long as you comply with the Logo Display Guidelines.

Web Site

The text content of this wiki is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, and you are free to use its contents for any purpose within the rights granted by the license. Any content submitted to this wiki will likewise be licensed under the Creative Commons license. In addition, by submitting content to this wiki, you grant Ryan Finnie a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use the content outside the scope of the Creative Commons license. This grant does not diminish your copyright of submitted content, nor does it supersede the rights to redistribute and modify granted by the Creative Commons license.