GPL is the most widely used free software license, originally written by Richard Stallman for the GNU Project.

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Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06 GPL issues

I am using Screen command with following version :- Screen version 4.00.03 (FAU) 23-Oct-06 I want to know which GPL version(GPLv2 or GPLv3) associated with Screen command. Any help from where i ...
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Is Linux kernel free to modify?

While browsing this site Text Files/Programming which contains historical data pertaining to programming and a lot of other stuff I came across this file Info sheet Linux The file in question has a ...
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Redistribution of Linux Distribution?

If a Linux Distribution is under GPL, and I would redistribute it, is it correct that I only need to be able to give the sources? For example, say I build a 4-in-1 multi distribution DVD (I got sick ...
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Putting RPM files along with Proprietary source code in common repository

We have a large Repository of Proprietary source code (C, C++, PerlScripts, MakeFiles) which does not contain the compiled object files. When running the Build Process on a workspace, the object files ...
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release modified debian distro as educational tool?

I intend to release a VirtualBox image of a modified Debian Jessie installation for educational purposes (stripped down version optimized for programming),which will be publicly available. However I ...
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Does Android break GPL? [closed]

Just got curious. If Android is based on a modified Linux Kernel and its source code is closed, doesn't it violate the terms of GPL2, that GPL-derivatives must also supply their source code, "Liberty ...
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Legal status of an embedded Linux case

I wanted to find the source code of embedded Linux that is used in Shenzhen Apexis Electronic Co.,Ltd products. For example in this page: http://apexis.com.cn/productsdetails_244.html You see they ...
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Do I need to distribute the sources of the complete distribution under the GPL?

My plan is to sell an embedded computer, running a Linux distribution. I downloaded the binaries and installed them on the embedded computer. Do I need to distribute the sources of the complete Linux ...
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Implications of including GPL software in a distribution?

It's well known that the FreeBSD project is actively trying to route out all traces of GPL'ed software in favor of more permissive-licensed software replacements.[1] Their reasons are ambitious, ...
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Can I upload Knoppix kernel source to github?

I'd like to be able to browse the Knoppix source code for my learning reference without having to copy it to every machine I use.I'd also like to discuss it with classmates. As you know, pre-github ...
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GNU/Linux licensing confusion

I am building a Gnu/Linux distribution. I am keeping the kernel open source but the desktop environment and the programs (the ones built by me) on top of it will be proprietary. Is it possible? The ...
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Can GPL software be bought by a company and still released as GPL? [closed]

Recently, I downloaded two fairly popular pieces of FOSS software. Both are licensed under the GPL and I downloaded them direct from the project Web site links via SourceForge. I was dismayed to find ...
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What is the relationship between GNU and GNOME?

Is there any relation between GNU and GNOME? And further related license GPL?
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Can a Linux distro be closed source?

According to the GPL licence, which is the one used by the Linux kernel, every modification in the source must be open source too. But, for example, if I create a new OS based on Linux, I develop my ...
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Is the Minix 3 license GPL compatible?

Does anyone know if Minix 3's license is GPL compatible? It's a BSD-style license, but I'm not entirely sure if it's compatible with the GPL. Here is a link to the license: http://www.minix3.org/...
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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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Does GPL mean that whole software is public? [closed]

I'm doing on one open-source application. Now I'm choosing it's license and I'm thinking about GPL. But there I've got few questions: Is anyone allowed to share modified program using same name? ...