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What license does Fedora uses?

asked 2018-03-08 04:26:10 -0500

Joe232 gravatar image

Just wondering what license Fedora uses? According to WTFPL website, it states that Fedora is under WTFPL. Is this true?

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answered 2018-03-08 07:21:11 -0500

vtrefny gravatar image

Software in Fedora is available under various open source licences, probably mostly under GNU GPL.

More information about licences allowed by Fedora can be found here --

There probably is some software under WTFPL in Fedora repositories, but Fedora itself is not.

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Why does WTFPL website claims that Fedora is under WTFPL license if you check out the link?

Joe232 gravatar imageJoe232 ( 2018-03-08 07:56:56 -0500 )edit

That website must be a joke, the license as well!!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-03-08 13:43:28 -0500 )edit

The licence is a joke, but is is still valid opensource licence and some projects use it. And the website doesn't claim that Fedora is under WTFPL, it says:

Every major Linux distribution (Debian, Fedora, Arch, Gentoo, etc.) ships software licensed under the WTFPL,

so it just says that there are some packages under WTFPL in Fedora repo and that is true -- we have for example libcaca in our repos and it is licenced under WTFPL.

vtrefny gravatar imagevtrefny ( 2018-03-08 16:40:01 -0500 )edit

Oh ok, I get it now. But Why would you say that the license is a joke though?

Joe232 gravatar imageJoe232 ( 2018-03-08 22:18:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-03-08 11:37:35 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

I checked that website and didn't see Fedora listed but didn't look too hard. However, to answer your question, whoever runs that site can claim whatever they want, but that doesn't make it true.

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