Good afternoon, I am a developer and i would like to know if I have the right to creat a distribution base on elementary OS.

cordially, rivens

Ps: sorry for my bad English it's because i'm french

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I'm not on the elementary development team or anything but there is this.

--> https://elementary.io/get-involved

At that link they state "Everything that we make is 100% open source and developed collaboratively by people from all over the world. Even if you're not a programmer, you can get involved and make a difference."

I think it's safe to say that you're only bound by the terms of the GNU-GPL which should be easy as long as the distro that you want to create would also be open source. More reading on the GNU-GPL can be found at https://opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license

Also you can verify this for yourself by going through all the project listings on the elementaryos github account page and looking at the license, see the attached picture for details.

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If you see a license that you don't know off hand you can look it up here by typing it as it appears on github.

Hope that helps :)

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