Benilton02
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Raspbian and Noobs in commercial products

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:12 am

May I use Raspbian or Noobs in commercial products?

incognitum
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Re: Raspbian and Noobs in commercial products

Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:58 pm

You may need to remove some packages from Raspbian such as RealVNC, Wolfram/Mathematica and Java.

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Re: Raspbian and Noobs in commercial products

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:33 pm

Benilton02 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:12 am
May I use Raspbian or Noobs in commercial products?

NoobS is an installer /chooser and not really needed !


Raspbian Stretch with desktop (Image with desktop based on Debian Stretch) is a basic image with much of the extra software removed:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbi ... _notes.txt

Though you would have to check GPL requirements
Retired disgracefully.....

incognitum
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Re: Raspbian and Noobs in commercial products

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:43 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:33 pm
Raspbian Stretch with desktop (Image with desktop based on Debian Stretch) is a basic image with much of the extra software removed:
Still comes with realvnc-server, with questionable license terms.
[...]
2.1 In consideration of you agreeing to comply with the terms of
this Agreement, RealVNC grants you a perpetual,
non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, non-transferable
(except as otherwise stated herein), non-sublicensable
license (the “License”) to use the pre-installed Software and
Raspberry Pi License Key on no more than 10 Desktops.

2.2 If the Software is used with a Subscription, the licence to
use the Software will instead be granted on the terms of the
End User License Agreement for VNC Connect, available on the
Website.

2.3 You are only permitted to use the Software for educational
and non-commercial purposes.


2.4 Notwithstanding 2.3, should you require the Software for
commercial or corporate applications of any kind, you shall
first purchase a commercial software license, which shall be
governed by separate licensing terms and conditions.

2.5 Except as expressly stated in this Agreement, RealVNC
provides the Software “as is” and makes no representations or
warranties of any kind in relation to the Software.

2.6 The Raspberry Pi License Key (as defined above) is available
only on Raspbian August 2016 or later.

2.7 You may make as many copies of the Server Software as you
require and use the Server Software on your Raspberry Pi
Host. You are expressly prohibited from transferring or
distributing the Server Software in any format, in whole or
in part, for sale, for commercial use
, or for any unlawful
purpose.

2.8 You may not rent, lease or otherwise transfer the Software or
allow it to be copied except as expressly permitted under
this Agreement. Unless permitted by law, you may not modify,
reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Software or
use any of the confidential information of RealVNC contained
in or derived from the Software to develop or market any
software which is substantially similar in its function or
expression to any part of the Software.
[...]

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B.Goode
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Re: Raspbian and Noobs in commercial products

Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:09 pm

And directly to the point, in the license terms already cited:
2.4 Notwithstanding 2.3, should you require the Software for
commercial or corporate applications of any kind, you shall
first purchase a commercial software license, which shall be
governed by separate licensing terms and conditions
.


But just to emphasise that most replies in these forums come from other users volunteering their free time. They do not speak for or on behalf of Raspberry Pi Foundation/Trading. Most do not have professional legal expertise. (Although many have long experience of reading software license agreements.)

Your company/enterprise should seek advice from a qualified legal representative who can spell out the implications for your own specific circumstances.



Edit: to add - you asked specifically about Raspbian and NOOBS - software. But presumably you plan to run this on Raspberry Pi hardware? In which case these Trademark Rules may also be relevant: https://www.raspberrypi.org/trademark-rules/

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