Free software is software that can be used, studied, and modified without restriction, and which can be copied and redistributed with few restrictions.

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What is the right definition of FOSS? [closed]

I know that FOSS is the acronym for Free "and" Open Source Software. Or does it mean Free "or" Open Source Software? For example: to be considered FOSS, a program's license must be included in both ...
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Can somebody list the earliest public source-code repositories and when they opened? [closed]

Nowadays people only know github, some people know gitlab, some people know bitbucket (mercurial) but other than that people seem to have forgotten there were others as well. I know about freshmeat ...
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linux tool to create multiboot dvd?

I am searching for a linux tool to create a multiboot dvd. I found something about Sardu or Xboot, but these are Windows tools. Is there Linux software that can do the same? I have found unetbootin ...
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Free OS (no proprietary software or drivers) with current software? [closed]

I heard gnewsense has no proprietary software or drivers so I thought I should give it a try. I was disappointed to see openoffice instead of libreoffice, an old version of nginx, clang, etc and ...
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DVR software for Linux

I think the DVR/CCTV follow some convention, but most of them use activeX for online access. I'm curious if some documentation/specification exist so I could make my own client (Linux), standalone (C, ...
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Is there logitech gaming mouse programming software for any Linux Distro?

I happened upon an unopened Logitech G502 programmable gaming mouse. I would like to program buttons to do things like write commonly used lines in programs (which I know is possible in Windows; my ...
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Linux Alternatives to Windows Spiceworks?

I really like Spiceworks for managing our network at work; but there's a problem with it; it runs on Windows, and I don't want to have to buy a copy of Windows just so I can manage, ticketing, scans, ...
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CentOS 6 with Linux-Libre kernel?

I understand that CentOS ships with nonfree blobs in its kernel. It seems that a "nonfree blob"-free kernel exists, a.k.a. Linux-Libre. Is it possible to somehow get CentOS to use Linux-Libre kernel ...
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I need a program to read the US Census's geodatabase files

I downloaded a file from here, and got something with extension .gdb.zip. I want to get one of the tables out of this "geodatabase" and into a format that's easily accessible to other programs; csv or ...
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Text annotations and image additions to PDF file using free software

I'm mostly interested in annotating a PDF file with text at a predetermined position. GUIs and command line utilities are both Ok, but only free software solutions, please. However, I included image ...
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Movie Player requires additional plugins to decode this file

I'm using RHEL 6 .Newbie to Linux. I'm unable to play the video using Movie Player. It shows an error, Movie Player requires additional plugins to decode this file. The following plugins are required ...
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Free or non-free, what is the question? [closed]

I often read that some distributions contain non-free components while some other are "free". As an end-user, I don't understand very well the difference between free and non-free distributions. ...
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Efficient todo / project / task manager application [closed]

I am looking at a todo / project / task management application for Linux that goes beyond making a simple list of tasks with check boxes. What I'm looking for is an application that will also help me ...
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crashplan desktop alternative?

Is there a good alternative (free software) for Crashplan for UNIX desktops? There is a plethora of backup systems out there, but there doesn't seem to be one that rivals with Crashplan. The ...
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How can I check whether I have installed non-free software?

I'm thinking of a program which would scan packages and report some statistics about them - and report all packages that contain non-free software. It would of course have to include kernel modules, ...
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Free gnu/linux distribution for web server [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone has tried using any 100% free software distro as server OS. Either directly on hardware or through a virtual machine. What where the most important shortcomings? I came ...
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Is there a Terminal Services gateway for Linux?

I need to route RDP connections to an available XP virtual machine through linux. Is there such a software? I have a pool of Windows Machines (VM) all with different IP addresses and I want the ...
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The UEFI & SecureBoot impact, how severe?

I'm planning to buy a new laptop in the coming days, and I'm quite impressed with new, cool Ultrabooks. As a long-time GNU/Linux user, I'll of course install a distro of my choice on it. Chances are ...
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Is Red Hat Linux licensed

Am confused so thought of asking a question. According to this Red Hat Becomes Open Source’s First $1 Billion Baby, it is opensourced so my question is: Where can I download the Opensource version ...
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Are there any non-GPL linux package managers?

I'm looking for a linux package manager for personal project. The main criterium is non-GPL (and it's variants) license. So far I've managed to find that only Slackware's pkgtools meet this rule, but ...
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A simple hierarchical task list (that lets you cross out tasks) for linux in the Ubuntu repositories?

I just spent way too much time looking for this. Treeline is very close, but it doesn't allow marking a task as done with a single key press. It's a powerful data organizer and one has to change ...
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Why isn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop free?

Why isn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop free? Isn't it a Linux OS? If it is, so why is not free? http://www.redhat.com/products/enterprise-linux/desktop/
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How to create indexes in a pdf?

iPdf is rotten. Is there any other software or any other way by which an "index" can be created in a pdf file?
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Proprietary or Closed Parts of the Kernel

I've heard of lines of code that are distributed with the Linux Kernel that aren't open. Maybe some drivers or something like that. I'd like to know how much of that is true? Are there lines of code ...
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Open Source firmware for e-ink book reader

Is there any open source version of firmware for ebook readers or maybe project like RockBox? AFAIK most of e-ink readers runs linux, so maybe exists at least one model of e-reader with an open ...
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Measuring the length of a curved line

Is there a software tool that will allow me to measure the length of a curved line? I have a series of lines in an image that I want to measure the length of. I have a tablet so I can trace over the ...
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Alternative to Miro Video Converter for Linux?

Back in the Windows/Mac days, I used the wonderfully easy to use Miro Video Converter to convert videos I have into either the more open and Freerer Theora or WebM formats. Two problems: (1) No Linux ...
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Lightweight MS Paint/MacPaint equivalent FLOSS in Linux?

What is an equivalent to MS Paint and MacPaint that works on Linux? There is a BSD-licenced one called Paintbrush that's great for Mac OS X, but I have not found one on Linux. I hope it can be ...
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Ideal Hardware for GNU/Linux Laptop

What's the best way to find a laptop with hardware that is amenable to installing and running GNU/Linux? I'm looking for something that will ideally work with GPL'd drivers and/or firmware. I took a ...
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What makes Ubuntu not totally Free Software?

I heard that Ubuntu is not completely free (as in Freedom). What are the specific parts of Ubuntu that are not Free?