Ubuntu – Under what license is Ubuntu? Can it be legally modified and distributed


What license does Ubuntu fall into (GPL, MIT, a mix)? Would it be legal to modify it and redistribute my modified version?

Best Answer

  • Ubuntu is under a mix of licenses, each individual package has its copy right file under /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE/copyright, e.g. /usr/share/doc/gnome-panel/copyright All packages in main & universe are free software & can be modified & redistributed - restricted & multiverse packages fall under other licenses which may not allow this.

    See http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/licensing for more details