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Gluster 3.1: Understanding the GlusterFS License

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Except as expressly provided in this section the software is provided "as is" and without warranties or conditions of any kind, including, without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. No oral or written information or advice given by Gluster, its affiliates, agents or employees will create a warranty or in any way increase the scope of any warranty provided herein. Gluster does not guarantee or warrant that the use of the software will be uninterrupted or error free.

Gluster, Inc. has designated English as the official language for all of its product documentation and other documentation, as well as all our customer communications. All documentation prepared or delivered by Gluster will be written, interpreted and applied in English, and English is the official and controlling language for all our documents, agreements, instruments, notices, disclosures and communications, in any form, electronic or otherwise (collectively, the “Gluster Documents”).

Any customer, vendor, partner or other party who requires a translation of any of the Gluster Documents is responsible for preparing or obtaining such translation, including associated costs. However, regardless of any such translation, the English language version of any of the Gluster Documents prepared or delivered by Gluster shall control for any interpretation, enforcement, application or resolution.

For 3.1.5 release or earlier versions, refer the following license information.


GLUSTER, Inc. provides both the Client Software and Server Software to Client under version 3 of the GNU General Public License.

Preamble to the GNU General Public License

The GNU General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works.

The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed to take away your freedom to share and change the works. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change all versions of a program--to make sure it remains free software for all its users. We, the Free Software Foundation, use the GNU General Public License for most of our software; it applies also to any other work released this way by its authors. You can apply it to your programs, too.

When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for them if you wish), that you receive source code or can get it if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it in new free programs, and that you know you can do these things.

To protect your rights, we need to prevent others from denying you these rights or asking you to surrender the rights. Therefore, you have certain responsibilities if you distribute copies of the software, or if you modify it: responsibilities to respect the freedom of others.

For example, if you distribute copies of such a program, whether gratis or for a fee, you must pass on to the recipients the same freedoms that you received. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. And you must show them these terms so they know their rights.

Developers that use the GNU GPL protect your rights with two steps: (1) assert copyright on the software, and (2) offer you this License giving you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify it.

For the developers' and authors' protection, the GPL clearly explains that there is no warranty for this free software. For both users' and authors' sake, the GPL requires that modified versions be marked as changed, so that their problems will not be attributed erroneously to authors of previous versions.

Some devices are designed to deny users access to install or run modified versions of the software inside them, although the manufacturer can do so. This is fundamentally incompatible with the aim of protecting users' freedom to change the software. The systematic pattern of such abuse occurs in the area of products for individuals to use, which is precisely where it is most unacceptable.

Therefore, we have designed this version of the GPL to prohibit the practice for those products. If such problems arise substantially in other domains, we stand ready to extend this provision to those domains in future versions of the GPL, as needed to protect the freedom of users.

Finally, every program is threatened constantly by software patents. States should not allow patents to restrict development and use of software on general-purpose computers, but in those that do, we wish to avoid the special danger that patents applied to a free program could make it effectively proprietary. To prevent this, the GPL assures that patents cannot be used to render the program non-free.

The precise terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification are available at


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