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RHEL 5 license for RHEL 6?

A few years ago We have bought a "Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 Server" license, we used that license only on offline servers. Now we are migrating to a new system, we need to install RHEL 6 which will ...
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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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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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Commercial support for CentOS [closed]

As you know CentOS is taken over by RedHat, so i boils out couple of points as mentioned here. Will CentOS remain complete free as it was(is) before(now)? Can we expect upgrades of CentOS in future, ...
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Do I need a support contract to test my web application on solaris 10

I need to install Solaris 10 and I'm wondering if I need a support contract, on the download page it says that you need a support contract for production use, but I'm not too sure what production use ...
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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: ...
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Libre Coreboot payloads?

If one wishes to build an x86 server or workstation that is as de-blobbed and libre as possible, then the best one can do at this time is to use one of the fully free GNU/Linux distributions ...
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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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Can Microsoft fonts be bought and included in the Linux core? [closed]

Is it possible for the Linux community to buy the rights for the Microsoft fonts so that they can be included in every distribution (or with distributions that would like to include them)? Would ...
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How to disable portage LICENSE checks

Whenever I install a package with an EULA, portage asks me to add it to package.license: The following license changes are necessary to proceed: (see "package.license" in the portage(5) man page for ...
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Can I name my own LFS distro?

The question is... about LFS (Linux From Scratch), if I would build a Linux system, with LFS, is it 100% mine? Could I say I made all this from scratch?
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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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Is there a variation of Linux or Unix that does not require open licensing?

In the future I may be building a system with an embedded operating system. Given the commercial properties of this system, it will make sense to have all of the internals as closed source as ...
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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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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? ...
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If Mac OS X is UNIX, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary?

If Mac OS X is a Unix, as answered in this question, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary, as stated in this Wikipedia article? According the the genealogy from this ...
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What happens when Redhat says: “no more RHEL clones!”

I mean that ex.: CentOS, and Scientific-Linux are the "exact copies" of Redhat Linux. If Redhat would say one day: "I don't allow Redhat clones from now on, I will modify the licence", then what would ...
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Why does FreeBSD use the GPL-licensed GCC?

Why does FreeBSD use GCC as its default compiler? I am under the impression that a core pillar of the FreeBSD philosophy is not to use any GNU software and in particular, GPL code. Yet GCC which is ...
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Is FreeBSD license easier than Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux when it comes to GPL + Close source + Sell?

If I use FreeBSD/OpenSolaris, and stop using Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux, migrate my all applications to FreeBSD/OpenSolaris will that reduce license problems? Specially, GPL/LGPL is very ...
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Fedora, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux all are open source linux, but what about when i want to make my own brand from that?

I have used Fedora/Ubuntu/CentOS all of them, and they are open source linux, free to all users and free to do almost anything. But i do not get this correctly yet. They are open source, and they ...
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Which linux is the most “free”? [closed]

I would like to make my very personal own linux baby, which is not to get whole world users get involved but myself to use it and do lots of experiment with it, so that when things does not work with ...
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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 ...