Is making a Linux-based OS and selling it legal as well as copyrighting certain included software that I make?

I would like to know before I begin work on my dream OS If I cant base it on Linux can I base it on Unix?

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Its hardly fair to do get all the work you want for free, without contributing to the eco-system.

bwrussell2 years ago

Have you tried googling any of this stuff? Not a lot of people write
their own OS's these days since the time-cost vs reward is so sewed the
wrong way in most cases. Casting a wider net of results will probably get you the info you need faster.

It also can get pretty complex when you start digging into copyright code and IP Law, especially around the various free licenses in use.

You can base it on whatever you like but you have to stick to the license.
You can't just combine a bunch of freeware or open source code and sell it.
No problem with your own code.

nerd7473 (author)  Downunder35m2 years ago

Do you have a list of do's and dont's for making a OS based on Linux or Unix?

nerd7473 (author)  Downunder35m2 years ago

If I just create a Linux distro instead then what do I do about my code that I want to be closed source?

the license terms are quite clear. i wonder if you have read them?

the premise that your additions/changes would be of significant benefit and worth financial consideration is very probably highly unlikely

kmossman2 years ago

well it would not your OS would it, if you based it on Linux or Unix.

The licenses for either are clear enough. If you can not understand the terms, then consult a lawyer.