Bug 605378 - Incorrect GPL file in redhat-release
Summary: Incorrect GPL file in redhat-release
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: redhat-release-server
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
: ---
Assignee: Andrew Thomas
QA Contact: Release Test Team
Depends On: 604922
Blocks: 766008
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-06-17 19:13 UTC by Richard Fontana
Modified: 2016-01-18 16:09 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Clone Of: 604922
: 766008 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2010-11-10 22:15:34 UTC

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Description Richard Fontana 2010-06-17 19:13:49 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #604922 +++

Description of problem:

redhat-release includes a GPL license file that contains the following header:

The following copyright applies to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
compilation and any portions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux it does not
conflict with. Whenever this policy does conflict with the copyright
of any individual portion of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it does not

This is based on similar language that was in the GPL text included with RHL releases (note the pre-21st century free software use of "copyright" to mean "copyright license"). The text can be read as suggesting that any GPLv2-compatible parts of Red Hat Enterprise Linux are somehow relicensed under GPLv2, which is not the policy of Red Hat. The FSF address information is also out of date.

This file should be replaced with the standard current GPLv2 text maintained by the FSF at: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.txt

Comment 2 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-06-17 19:33:21 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux Major release.  This request is not yet committed for

Comment 5 Alexander Todorov 2010-07-02 09:43:18 UTC
With redhat-release-server-5.91Server-

# diff -u gpl-2.0.txt /usr/share/doc/redhat-release-server-5.91Server/GPL
# echo $?

gpl-2.0.txt is from the FSF website. Moving to VERIFIED.

Comment 6 releng-rhel@redhat.com 2010-11-10 22:15:34 UTC
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 is now available and should resolve
the problem described in this bug report. This report is therefore being closed
with a resolution of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the
solution does not work for you.

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