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"free" is ambiguous in English, and FOSS people tend to mean the former when people misinterpret it as the latter, which is why the phrases came about free as in speech means freedom; in an open-source context, the license doesn't prevent you from fiddling with the code or making your own changes free as in beer means price; the software costs nothing ...


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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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As I mentioned in the comments here, I e-mailed Mr. Richard Stallman about this. Here is his reply: From: Richard Stallman Date: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM Subject: Re: “free-as-in-speech” vs. "free-as-in-beer” To: RENJITH G QN: I would like to know the exact meaning of "free-as-in-speech" and "free-as-in-beer" It is hard to give "...


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"Free as in free speech" vs "Free as in free beer" isn't a concept, it is an example of a concept. :-) This example belongs to the GPL and is used to clarify the definition of "free" in the term "Free Software". Free beer is gratis. It doesn't cost you anything. The term refers to the price of a product. This is not the intention of the word "free" in this ...


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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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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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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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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 hat ...


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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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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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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 the ...


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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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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 cups-...


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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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MyPaint is my favorite alternative to MSpaint.


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Skype is a proprietary network so to get an open source client you must replace the entire Skype network. The open source solutions are built around the Asterisk PBX/VOIP server. Asterisk supports SIP and its own IAX protocol. The IAX protocol has optional encryption and requires only one open port on firewalls. Pre-configured linux+asterisk distributions ...


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Well, there are Ekiga and its various cousins eg. Twinkle, which support the SIP standard. Unfortunately my experience is that they do not work as reliably as Skype. In particular, Ekiga seems to get upset by Flash. That is understandable. I also find Flash quite upsetting. If you can get Ekiga to work, its rates via Diamondcard.us are a lot cheaper than ...


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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 default,...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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