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The reason that a Linux distribution is "free" is that many of the pieces of software it includes are covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL for short). There are two different types of "free": freedom to see and modify the source code ("libre") free of charge ("gratis") The GPL is about the first "freedom", not the second. Provided Red Hat ...


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Assuming you mean "Free as in Freedom" rather than "free as in beer" (see this essay for one description of the difference between the two), a person claiming that Ubuntu is not free may be referring to one of the following issues: Binary blobs in the Linux kernel (this is often firmware that is needed to let a free driver work). Non-free hardware drivers. ...


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The Linux kernel itself is all free software, distributed under the GNU General Public License. Third parties may distribute closed-source drivers in the form of loadable kernel modules. There's some debate as to whether the GPL allows them; Linus Torvalds has decreed that proprietary modules are allowed. Many device in today's computer contain a processor ...


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What you are missing are two components: the service/support and the fact that they (Red Hat) provide ready (binary) packages. CentOS does as well and they strive to be binary compatible, down to every single last bug. As far as I know only a few aspects of CentOS differ from the respective RHEL release, mostly because of copyright and/or trademark issues. ...


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A lot of what RedHat charges for is actually the support and services around the OS itself. They have their own specific config and build, but any Linux provider has that. The real reason RedHat can charge is that their support services are appropriate at enterprise level. Their market space includes corporates and large organisations whose need for ...


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I just went through this with a recent laptop purchase that came with Windows 8, and UEFI secure boot. After a lot of time and research, here is what I can answer: Doesn't sound like you fit into the 'home user' category. The benefits of UEFI the average user will notice is that the first thing they see on their screen will be the Microsoft/Vendor ...


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If you want to push the freedom exigence as far as possible, you would also want a coreboot, U-Boot or PMON BIOS. The best (only?) option, in this case, is RMS's laptop: a Lemote YeeLoong, using PMON. It is however rather small (either 8.9'' or 10'') and underpowered, but very cheap. Check out "Lemote linux PC and Linux laptops" When it comes to choosing a ...


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This process will prevent uncertified software from booting. This may have benefits although I can't see them. You have a new security mechanism to control what can and what can not boot from your hardware. A security feature. You don't feel like you need it until it's too late. But I digress. I have read a thread on Linux mailing list where a Red ...


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Take a look at tudu. It's a simple ncurses based hierarchical task manager. It's in the Ubuntu universe repo. You can add children, move in or out of different levels of the tree hierarchy, and mark tasks as done. Everything is single key commands. It's fast, straightforward, and lightweight.


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Which of the following situations do you mean? [RDP client on Windows machine] => [linux server] => [windows Terminal Server] If #1 is the case, you can use SSH proxy + proxycap on Windows: http://superuser.com/questions/507239/is-there-a-sshuttle-equivalent-for-windows-ssh-tunneling-for-windows [RDP client on MacOSX/Linux machine] => [linux server] => ...


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MyPaint is my favorite alternative to MSpaint.


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I can wholeheartedly recommend Getting Things GNOME!. Its design philosophy is based on David Allen’s work "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity". Don’t be misled by its name; it works equally fine with desktop environments other than GNOME. For example, I use it with XFCE. Apart from the project homepage, you will also find useful ...


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WRT to distributions, the essential difference between "free" and "non-free" is that the former is compiled from freely available source code, whereas the later is not; this usually means that the distribution packagers did not compile the binary at all -- they got it from some third party who have legal, private possession of the source code. For example, ...


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PDF files appear to open in LibreOffice Draw. I did nothing special other than open the file like so: $ libreoffice carcut_01.pdf Once in LibreOffice Draw I simply annotated the PDF as if it were a normal document/image. Once done I clicked the PDF icon in Draw's toolbar to export the file out as a new PDF file.      This was the ...


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Here is a guide for installing QGIS and PostGIS on Ubuntu 12.04.3. It looks like the Open Source QGIS may be a workable solution.


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Well you never responded so I'll try my best to list FOSS alternatives for each system: Asset Management: RackTables Ticketing: OTRS eticket Network Monitoring/Notification: Nagios collectd General Systems Management Spacewalk Katello (still unstable) Foreman Ubuntu Landscape Also, fyi, some of the "General Systems Management" also provide ...


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I'd suggest a frontend to ffmpeg. There are several out there, for example Sinthgunt WinFF Transcoder HyperVideo Converter Sinthgunt looks the most promising to me - it looks relatively discoverable, and comes with loads of preset formats to convert into.


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ffmpeg does both, of course............


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For one thing, it uses closed source hardware drivers, which aren't regarded "free" the GNU way. That's one of the reasons, why some drivers aren't supported on Fedora. There's different kinds of "free" in the Linux world. Closed source is what makes a Distro not GPLv2 compatible, which clearly requires addition of all the source codes.


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Yes, there exists some information. The driver for the e-ink display is broadsheetfb. However, attempting to do it is probably non-trivial since this is not something that is commonly done. That said, good luck and if you succeed in this, please post details!


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The license for Red Hat Linux is the GPL. If you want binaries (from Red Hat) you'll need to subscribe to their distribution service, Red Hat Network, aka RHN. That said if you know someone who has Red Hat binaries, they can redistribute them to you for free. Red Hat simply chooses not to distribute binaries for no cost. This is permissible under the GPL. ...


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To be a bit more specific, Red Hat does freely provide the source RPMs used to build the binary version of their distribution (the base ISO, updates, etc). You can grab all the SRPMs and build them, and you will essentially have RHEL. There are a number of projects that do just this (with some rebranding), notable CentOS, Scientific Linux, White Box, etc. ...


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PDF Mod worked well for me. The entries I see left when reading pdfs in document viewer are called "bookmarks" in the program and can be edited at will, just pick a title and the corresponding page to jump to. You can have an index that updates itself if you create a table of contents in Open Office. I've notice these will be converted to the index you ...


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You can try Getting Things GNOME. It's a task manager that supports organizing tasks in a tree (i.e. tasks can have multiple subtasks, and each subtask can have multiple other subtasks, and so on). It's available in Ubuntu (look here) and supports marking a task as done with the ctrl+d key combination (for other key combinations look here).


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This is sort of indirect answer, because I don't see why you would have non-free software on the system and not know about it. This is not to say you are wrong to want to check, but maybe first you want to stop and think if you really need to. I'd like this functionality on Fedora Fedora repositories are divided into 'free' and 'non-free'. By ...


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Dejà dup is a frontend for duplicity so it supports incremental and encrypted backups. It can also keep previous backups. It has some remote servers options and integrates well with the desktop. Obnam is quite interesting and seems to fulfill all requirements but the desktop support. Timevault is one alternative, but it has been unmaintained for a while, ...


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The answer is long, but one example can be the MP3. In Europe you can provide an opensource way of reading mp3 while in USA it's a patent issue, and you cannot read mp3 with an open source product. a free distribution is free when it only use open source project that are law complaint with majority of country. Some distribution wants to insure Nvidia ...


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You can also use gimp: $ gimp foo.pdf ...


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Since you just want to overlay text at a predetermined position, you can use pdftk to do this. You need two PDF files. One is the PDF file that you want to stamp with the text. The other PDF file is the text you want to stamp. The second one must have a transparent background. You can easily make this with, say, LibreOffice Draw, and print to pdf using ...



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