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    Does anyone know what kind of license BT4 has?

    I know that BT4 is based on Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is GPL, so would it be fair to assume that BT4 is also GPL?

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    Backtrack is open source, so I guess GPL would be the license as you already mentioned.

    Why do you need to know? Just being curious

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    Ubuntu is GPL afaik, but how about the tools included in BT?
    I can assume some being BSD licensed, some GPL, and maybe some even closed source? SAINT is a commercial application, right?

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    SAINT is a commercial application indeed.

    SAINT
    SAINT has provided BackTrack users with a functional version of SAINT, pending a free request for an IP range license through the SAINT website, valid for 1 year.


    The same goes for Maltego btw.

    Maltego
    The guys over at Paterva have created a special version of Maltego v2.0 with a community license especially for BackTrack users. We would like to thank Paterva for co-operating with us and allowing us to feature this amazing tool in BackTrack.


    I don't know what this means for the license though

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    There are far too many tools and applications in BT to say "BT is BSD" or "BT is GPL". Each tool can have it's own license, and as far as I know, everyone and his uncle's dog are using it for all kinds of purposes, with the kindness of Offensive Security not requesting appreciation.
    So, best answer would be check each different tool's license and you'll see the big picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xorred View Post
    So, best answer would be check each different tool's license and you'll see the big picture.
    Sure, but what about the parts that make BT what it is, like the customized kernel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 44RT! View Post
    Why do you need to know? Just being curious ;)
    Just curious, that's all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Citruspers View Post
    Ubuntu is GPL afaik, but how about the tools included in BT?
    I can assume some being BSD licensed, some GPL, and maybe some even closed source?
    I'm not sure about the tools, but I think you're right. It would be interesting to get an answer from one of the devs, though :)

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    I would say the OS its self is GPL but with all the included tools they have their own licensing. Wiki describes this as Various.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emily View Post
    Does anyone know what kind of license BT4 has?

    I know that BT4 is based on Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is GPL, so would it be fair to assume that BT4 is also GPL?
    A better idea than reading through all of the speculative posts would be to contact the dev's and ask them.
    Formulate a good question with regards to what you are talking about ( of course after having done your own research).
    I am sure that all serious inquiries will be taken seriously.
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