[olug] Selling PC's with Linux on them

Daniel Linder dan at linder.org
Wed Apr 25 02:13:55 UTC 2007

IANAL, but off the top of my head I don't think there are any restrictions
with Ubuntu or it's derivatives in this case.  If he were adding an
additional fee for the OS itself then it would be a different matter --
i.e. if he were out-and-out selling the OS.  If he ends up charging a
minimal fee for his time and the blank media used that should be ok.

About the only ones that would have a catch are RedHat, SUSE, etc
distributions that you can't freely download.

As a rule of thumb, if you can go to the primary distribution site and
download the .ISO image then it's ok to re-distribute it.  And all the
better if a CD is included so the recipient can re-install or pass it


On Tue, April 24, 2007 20:59, Will Langford wrote:
> I've got a friend who has a fair number of systems... and he sells them on
> eBay, to family, friends, etc.
> Anyway, he's wanting to install linux on these systems rather than
> Windows2000/98/XP etc.
> In particular, he's interested in Ubuntu.
> I can't recall any limitations on reselling a linux distro with hardware,
> but IANAL.
> What limitations / rules are there on selling a system with linux
> installed
> on it (and distro cd supplied) ?
> -Will
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