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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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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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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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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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knowledge about early source-code repositories is woefully incomplete According to the SourceForge wikipedia page: SourceForge, founded in 1999 by VA Software, was the first provider of a centralized location for free and open-source software developers to control and manage software development and offering this service for free. It's certainly ...


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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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There is the list of GNU/Linux distributions, that are considered completely free by Free Software Foundation. Besides gNewSense, it includes BLAG, Dragora, Dynebolic, Musix, Parabola, Trisquel and Ututo XS. You mentioned, you had been missed add-apt-repository, which, afaik, is from Ubuntu, so from that list you probably would be interested in Trisquel, ...


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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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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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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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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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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 Zabbix collectd General Systems Management Spacewalk Katello Foreman+puppet Ubuntu Landscape Also, fyi, some of the "General Systems Management" also provide ...


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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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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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MyPaint is my favorite alternative to MSpaint.


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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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I do not know of any free software continuous backup solution. An interesting design was written up by liw which seems to correspond to what you are looking for, but that design has yet to be implemented. Nevertheless, here are what are the interesting free software backup alternatives right now. Dejà dup is a frontend for duplicity so it supports ...


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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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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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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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First off, while running a distribution free of binary blobs makes some sense in terms of human values and ideology, you have to bear in mind there are only limited sets of hardware that can be fully exploited by a Free GNU/Linux distribution. So it's not an easy road, quite the contrary. It all depends what you cherish most: features or independence. Is ...


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Yes. Recoll can regularly index your files and provide a search via your browser. It can search within files too. Recoll is a full-text search tool for Unix and Linux desktops. Recoll finds keywords inside documents as well as file names. It can search most document formats. You may need external applications for text extraction. It can ...


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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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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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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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